Course Description

This course takes an in-depth look at developing skills that will engage students in memorable and meaningful science inquiry learning and discussion.  As you read and reflect on the text: Everyday Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching you will examine your own classroom practice and apply new ideas for engaging students in science inquiry discussion. You will learn how to give your students the opportunity to create questions, form hypotheses, and test their ideas using mystery stories focused on skills in Earth, Space, Life, and Physical sciences.Grades K-8

Learner Outcomes

This course will support teachers in:

  • Learning what science inquiry based teaching is.
  • Learning about  integrating science and literacy.
  • Implementing and reflecting on a science inquiry unit from the required text.
  • Reflecting on their own practice as a science teacher.
  • Understanding and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Creating an action plan for inquiry-based science teaching.


“Honestly Krista, all of your classes I have taken have been phenomenal. I consider myself to be an expert teacher, yet every time I take one of your courses it makes me reevaluate my teaching style and it gives me a whole new set of tools to improve my teaching. I had never thought of using something like a story to engage students and to let my students actually lead their own learning path. I always carved out the path they would take. I thought that that was the only way I could get through all of my curriculum. However, this class has shown me that is not the case. My students are much more engaged when they are in charge of creating their own learning path. Ultimately the end result is the same, we still get through the same curriculum, we still cover the same key concepts and the same essential questions. The difference is the students are much more interested in it.” —TINT Student

“I really enjoyed the assignments and the follow-up responses to my assignments. It is nice to have someone to bounce things off of and answer questions as they come up. Having the class requirements helped me stay focused and on task. I was able to complete the class at my own pace.” —TINT Student

"Thank you for the wonderful course and feedback you give. It's definitely been one of the better professional development courses I've taken so far.” —TINT Student

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Section Title
Science Inquiry: Using Science Mysteries to Engage Students
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
Everyday Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching by Richard Konicek-Moran.
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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