August 26th, 2013
Children hold on to their notions with a passion. Teaching by telling does not necessarily help students change their conceptions. We cannot drag children into understanding concepts that have taken scientists sometimes years to make sense of just because the test is looming.
What would it be like to let students’ thinking, discoveries, and questions guide science teaching and learning? Students uncover and discover the content of standards rather than having them presented and memorized. Teachers pose provocative questions, facilitate conversations, make experimenting possible, and encourage in-depth thinking.
In their new book, Becoming Scientists, Rusty Bresser and Sharon Fargason describe the advantages of an inquiry approach to teaching science and how it especially benefits students who have been historically underserved by our schools. Drawing from years of experience in Sharon’s diverse classroom, they give teachers a clear picture of how to move toward inquiry-based learning.
Readers will find advice on classroom management, practical strategies for supporting English language learners, and a series of activities and lessons that illustrate how inquiry science plays out in a real classroom. The book also shows how inquiry science directly supports the Next Generation Science Standards.
You can preview the entire book online now!