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Inquiry-Based Science = Effective Teaching of Science

on September 21, 2012 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on Inquiry-Based Science = Effective Teaching of Science

Looking forward to working with a charter school in Florida throughout the year, where I will be observing teachers conducting science lessons with their students. During each of the consultation visits throughout the 2012Inquiry-Based science teacher training workshops by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski-2013 school year teachers will also attend teacher training sessions, the emphasis will be placed on teaching science effectively via inquiry-based practices. I really enjoy having the opportunity to work with a client throughout the entire school year versus the “shot in the arm” training. I’m committed to helping the administrators and staff in assuring that all the students have the opportunity to experience meaningful science.

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a young child discover the world around them using simple scientific tools. Recently, I conducted a hands-on science program for early childhood-age students. The program was called “Micro Explorers” children used simple scientific tools such as eye loupes, magnifying lenses, simple microscopes, and rulers to explore specimens from nature and man-made objects. Children used super absorbing polymers in the shape of spheres as magnifiers. They made mini aquatic habitats from centrifuges which were then worn as necklaces. They were also given the opportunity to draw what they observed at the many hands-on science centers. I reiterate during all my teacher training workshops to teachers that hands-on-minds-on science experiences need to be incorporated on a daily-basis in all classrooms. A great tip for early childhood teachers to bring science experiences into the classroom on a daily basis is to have a magnifying lens with an object or two for the students to observe as they enter the classroom for the day. The teacher can start the day by having the students share their observations of what they observed using the magnifying lens. The photos below were taken during the hands-on science lesson “Micro Explorers”.


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