When I was working on my Master’s degree in education I had a really great teacher. He really stressed inquiry and project-based/problem-based learning. Since then it has been really difficult to find any solid professional development to teach me how to implement it effectively. Well you know me, I started trying things on my own.
I didn’t really start until the end of my second or third year of teaching. I had a really hard time engaging my students and I thought that if they could do an experiment that they chose it would help. This is how my journey started. It went pretty well so I repeated it every year at the end of the year.
The problem was that I was not in a teaching environment that allowed me much time to fully reflect on my teaching and how certain things are working. When I moved to my latest school I finally had that environment. My first year there I did a lot of “you pick something related to this topic and do an experiment” and it worked out OK. But something still was not right.
I finally realized that I needed to start out my freshman with this at the beginning of the year, not the end, and that it was OK to guide them a little more. I have done a lot to perfect my methods and I am happy to continue to move forward. I am still looking for some good professional development but now I have people helping me look so hopefully I will get there.
In the meantime check out my scientific method full inquiry unit on TPT. There is a site wide sale if you like what you see 🙂 sale ends 8/7/19