Discovering Place educators and inquiring minds

Inquiry can be such an amazing teaching process. This inquiry exercise began with teachers viewing the first video in the Annenberg inquiry video workshop, then practicing an exercise with their students.

Dr. Don Hammond tried the inquiry exercise with his class at Beecher High School.

Hammond said inquiry helps students:

  • view themselves as scientist in the process oflearning
  • accept an “invitation to learn” and readily engage in the exploratory process
  • plan and carry out investigations
  • communicate using a variety of methods
  • propose explanations and solutions and build a store of concepts
  • raise questions
  • use observation
  • critique their science practices
We also asked teachers to share their concerns about this type of teaching.
Hammond’s concern: “that students have enough background or prior knowledge and ability to carry out science process skills.”

Discovering Place is a program of University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint. One of eight hubs of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, the program aims to help students develop into Flint community and environmental stewards. Working with Flint-area teachers and community partners, Discovering Place supports place-based education projects to help students connect with their surroundings.

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