Teacher Comments

About Target Inquiry

“you’re sort of teaching them to us in a way that we’re discovering them…as opposed to lecturing about here’s what inquiry is, which I cannot stand, instead  modeling it, having us do it, which takes time, and having to learn that it in multiple levels.”

 

“I think the thing that this cohort has over that cohort group was that there always the four of you as the go to people. And you guys [TI developers] are beyond enthusiastic about what you’re doing here and it shows.”

 

“There is a purpose to everything that is being done in this program and even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment, later you’re like, oh, that was why I had to do this. You [TI developers] have actually thought through all the things that we’re doing.”

 

“The resources I’m going to walk away with are incredible too. Learning how to go to the website and look at articles, the instructors here at Grand Valley, stuff to use in the classroom, and fellow teachers. Knowing that if I get into a bind I know that I can call or email and I will get responses back in a constructive way. I think we’ve got so close together that we’re not afraid to tell it like it is.”

 

About Teaching

“I realized I can just really let the kids do it….cause I think that’s kind of a scary concept for me. I always think, “No, they need to know this first.” No, they really don’t need to know this first.”

 

“…[inquiry] is doable. It’s not impossible. And when I saw the breadth of the activities that we looked at, that just about anything can be done in an inquiry manner.”

 

“I think part of the issue we had with content coverage was that most of the inquiry labs we had seen before were about the process of science and not content learning. And we really made a focus, through your [the instructors’] direction, that this had to be about the content not just about the inquiry process. And though we tied in our inquiry benchmarks, the goal was always the content. And I think that made a huge difference because now if we’re spending two days doing an inquiry lab but it’s about the content we want the kids to focus in on, then we’re ok.”