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.


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. - Fall 2016 Student

I've found this course to be very informative, interesting and engaging about a new science methodology that I previously knew little about. However, it was something that I was drawn to as an innovative way to boost my science teaching and our school's curriculum. The course was set-up in a straightforward easy to follow way. The regular feedback and interactions with the teacher were also most helpful. I looked forward to the new discoveries and things I learned while doing the assignments, which were challenging but never too overwhelming. All in all it was a positive experience that I highly recommend to other teachers!

- Fall 2016 Student

I have taken two classes from Krista this year, and I have enjoyed them both. Krista's classes have introduced me to new reading material that has inspired me to incorporate STEM activities into my classroom in a nonthreatening way. I get timely, but more importantly, insightful feedback from her after each assignment. It's exactly what I need to try new ideas without feeling bogged down as a working mom and teacher. - Summer 2016 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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