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Diane Balanovich's picture

inquiry

I think that inquiry is allowing students to develop questions and experiments to test hypothesis that they have about a subject.  Students use thier talents to develop solutions to the problems that they have created for themselves. However, I believe the teacher always has the end goal in mind. I was thinking about my grant and how excited I was that I had developed this open inquiry about creating an urban garden, but what really sticks with me is Moira's statement "bait and switch". Even though I am giving my students the opportunity to develop thier own ideas about environment and testing environmental factors. I have already thought about what experiments that I will guide them to. Is this wrong? At the primary level, I think its more about empowering the students with the desire to inquire.

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