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Course Description

As teachers move toward fuller adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by implementing inquiry-based learning in their classrooms, one significant obstacle they encounter is the scarcity of robust guided-inquiry activities. In this course, participants will experience the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) environment, explore POGIL strategies, and develop a practical model for writing and assessing guided-inquiry activities. Participants will use their new skills to write, beta test, receive feedback on, and revise two or three mini-activities.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Participants will develop proficiency with the basic POGIL activity writing skills of crafting creating effective learning objectives, scaffolding guided inquiry questions, analyzing the structure of a learning cycle-based activity, and creating robust models.
  2. Participants will write solid drafts of two or three single model mini-activities
  3. Participants will offer and receive feedback on newly written guided-inquiry activities.
  4. Participants will reflect on their experience of the writing process.

Notes

This course can either be taken for credit or clock hours. Credit is available under EDSC 5715.

Prerequisites

Participants must have completed either a one day POGIL workshop led by a POGIL-approved facilitator or attended a POGIL regional meeting within the past five years before enrolling in this course. The SPU course, EDSC 5714 "Teaching with your Mouth Closed" fulfills this requirement. This requirement ensures adequate mastery of basic POGIL activity structure, process skills, and classroom facilitation skills needed to succeed in this intensive writing course.
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