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Susan's Introduction

Like other participants in the institute, I am an educator. I have enjoyed the teaching role all my life. I went to a K through 8 inner city public school in Phila and then to a large inner city high school, followed by matricultion at a large city college, Temple U. in Phila. I lived at home and spent my free time working to earn money at various jobs on and off campus. During all these years, from grade 4 on, I help other students in my classes. In college, I tutored and also volunteered as a reader for the blind. To put my husband through professional school, I worked as a technician in a research lab at UPENN. There, I developed a sence of myself as a capable scientist and teacher. When my hsband graduated, I began my graduate education. I

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What is open-inquiry pedagogy?


In the model of open-inquiry, let me pose a the following questions to you:

  • What does inquiry mean to you?
  • How have you or how would you like to use inquiry-based education in your classroom?
  • What other concerns or thoughts do you have regarding inquiry and its role in education?


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Exploring the Senses


Go to the following Friday's In the Lab web site for instructions on the Two-point discrimination, Olfactory Fatigue and Visual preception.

Jelly Bean Taste Protocol



Kimball's Biology Pages

A Sense of Taste - by David V. Smith and Robert F. Margolskee, Scientific American, March 2001.

Seeing with your tongue 

Diversity Puzzle


Link for the "The Organism Puzzle Pieces"


Exercise #1: Organize the puzzle pieces into any number of groups you see fit.

  1. How many groups did you have?
  2. How did you define your groups?

Exercise #2 : Organize the puzzle pieces into groups based on ______ (Fill in the Blank).

  1. How many groups did you have?
  2. What organisms changed groups compared to your first schema?

Exercise 3#: Repeat #2 as many times as necessary with different criteria.

Participant List


Albers         Teresa                                     Overbrook Elementary



Inquiry Institute: Implications for Science, Education and Learning
(July 20-31, 2009)




Simplifying Inquiry Instruction. The Science Teachers. Oct. 2005. p.30-33.

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