I have to run a workshop for secondary math and science teachers at a conference in two weeks, and have to turn in the abstract/title tomorrow. I'm looking to do something new I haven't done before, and this is something that has been stuck in my brain these past 6 months.
The session will be one of five parallel sessions, with around 20 teachers each. This is what I drafted this morning. I'm looking for feedback. What do you think? Would you got to this session?
You are your own guide post: Fostering our own sense of inquiry
There are many calls for engaging students in scientific inquiry, and there are equally as many definitions of what constitutes inquiry. This workshop is based on the premise that we can better position ourselves to know and to teach inquiry when we cultivate our own inclinations to inquire as part of our everyday lives. We'll explore the following four strategies aimed at re-invigorating and sustaining everyday engagement in inquiry: capturing spontaneous wonder in multimedia, drawing others in to wonder with you, tinkering and exploring in the everyday world, and exercising one's authority to know and learn. In this workshop, we'll do a bit inquiring together, explore each strategy with concrete examples, and discuss connections to classroom inquiry.