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Inquiry based learning

December5

Inquiry based learning

Give a man a fish; feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; he’ll keep bait in your fridge! You want students to keep bait in their fridges? Sure you do. You want to give them the tools necessary to be lifelong learners. Teaching is no longer just about being that “sage on the stage.” Digital natives need to be hands-on, active participants in learning.

Below are a few ways of helping your students learn for themselves, make new thought connections, and study in a different way.

Concept/Definition Mapping

Concept mapping illustrates relationships between concepts and ideas. This can be done through the linked concepts with words and phrases to explain how things work together. This is a great organizational study tool that offers the added benefit of showing how things are connected.

Websites to help you with this strategy:

http://www.inspiration.com/visual-learning/concept-mapping

http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies/concept.htm

http://teacher.scholastic.com/reading/bestpractices/vocabulary/pdf/concept.pdf

Discussion web

A discussion web can be used to help students see the key elements of a topic and to identify opposing points of view on the subject. A discussion web acts as a guide to students through the process of understanding a topic, analyzing the meaning, recognizing oppositional thoughts and critically evaluating the arguments, and drawing conclusions.

Websites to help you with this strategy:

http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies/web.htm

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson032.shtml

http://www.accessfp.net/tutorial2.htm

Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a visual form of note taking allowing students to comprehend, generate new ideas and identify connections. Using colors, pictures, symbols and words students begin with a central idea and then expand their ideas into more in-depth subtopics.

Websites to help you with this strategy:

http://www.inspiration.com/visual-learning/mind-mapping

http://litemind.com/what-is-mind-mapping/

http://www.mindmapping.com/index.php

http://www.studygs.net/mapping/

Socratic Seminar

The Socratic method of teaching is based on Socrates’ theory that students should be taught to think for themselves rather than just taught what the “right” answer would be. Rote memory serves a purpose for a short time but thinking encourages lifelong learning.

Students are given open-ended questions which are then answered and discussed by other students in the group. The teacher merely leads the opening of the discussion, but may also interject minimally to spur on different thought concepts.

Websites to help you with this strategy:

http://www.studyguide.org/socratic_seminar.htm

http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/socratic-seminars-30600.html

http://www.facinghistory.org/resources/strategies/socratic-seminar

http://www.liketoread.com/socraticseminars.html

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