Engaging Students with Inquiry

Creating inquiry questions is a central part to engaging students in meaningful learning. In this two-day professional learning opportunity, you'll have the chance to work with experienced teachers to design learning for your students using inquiry, student questions, and outdoor education strategies.

This hands-on experience will take place at the University of Calgary's BioGeoscience Institute inĀ  February and March 2021, dates TBD. Participants will examine how to engage their students in nature and STEM, and focus their planning on their upcoming Field 2 placements. This opportunity will strengthen your skills as a teacher, and give you direct strategies to use with your students this semester.

Fee: $40 per person for two days of programming led by the BioGeoscience team

Logistics:

  • Participants will be responsible for transporting themselves to and from the university's BioGeoscience Institute, just west of Calgary. If you don't have access to a car but would like to attend, we encourage you to connect with other students to arrange a carpool!
  • Participants will be responsible for bringing their own lunch each day, as well as clothes suitable for outdoor teaching and travel in Kananaskis. You will spend most of both days outside, so dressing for the weather is key. Activities may include hiking, walking, and working in nature.

Eligibility: This trip is only open to students taking EDUC 465 (Field 2) this semester. Full payments must be received by February 2021, date TBD. As space is limited, spots will be given in the order that students submit the registration fee.

Day One:

  • Schedule your trip to arrive onsite at 9:00am, as we will begin no later than 9:15am
  • This first day will focus on inquiry techniques and question scaffolding, including:
    • Creating hooks for starting topics
    • Creating testable questions
    • Leading inquiry exercises
    • Backward design using concept mapping
  • We will finish by 3:00pm, so you can expect to be back in Calgary by 4:00pm (depending on where you live)

Between Sessions:

  • Once you know your Field 2 placement (school, grade level(s), subject(s)), read the Program of Studies for the areas you'll be teaching
  • Thinking about the first day and the work you're doing in your Specialization class, come prepared with questions on how you can engage students with inquiry in Field 2

Day Two:

  • Schedule your trip to arrive onsite at 9:00am, as we will begin no later than 9:15am
  • This second day will focus on connecting these concepts to your Field 2 placement, including:
    • Learning strategies and group management
    • Simulations, games, and five-minute field trips
    • Bringing the naturalist into the classroom
    • Connections to STEM and your own teachable subject area
  • We will finish by 3:00pm, so you can expect to be back in Calgary by 4:00pm (depending on where you live)
Engaging Students with Inquiry

Engaging Students with Inquiry

You'll need to register, pay, and complete the waiver in order to register completely. Questions? Email WSE.Community@ucalgary.ca

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