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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 7

SESSION 7: How Can You Use Active Learning to Teach Evolution?

Engage Part B: Charting the Continuum

Take a look at the following chart. It describes a continuum for five essential features of classroom inquiry and their variations.

Continuum Chart: See link to text version below in source credit.

Note: This chart is from National Research Council. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. [Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000], p. 29. They also have a text version of this chart.

If necessary, review the videos of Mr. Bingman's and Ms. Havlik's classes before completing the following activity:

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Where would you put Mr. Bingman's, Ms. Havlik's, and Ms. Chen's lessons on the continuum for each of the five essential features? Explain why.

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What specific elements of the lessons led you to make these placements?

 

Next: Explore Part A: Using Inquiry in Your Own Teaching

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