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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?

Explore Part A: Using Inquiry in Your Own Teaching

Now consider your own teaching experience to help you think about using and balancing inquiry-based curricula in your own teaching of evolution.

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How do you balance more open-ended approaches with teacher-directed ones?

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How would you choose the best evolution content to teach through inquiry?

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What evolution concepts would be most difficult to teach through inquiry?

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What is the role of inquiry in teaching for understanding?

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Why should teachers use a variety of approaches when teaching evolution?

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Think about a noninquiry activity you use to teach evolution and how you could transform it into an inquiry-based activity, using the five essential features on the continuum as a guide.

(Some of these questions are from WGBH Educational Programming, Teaching High School Science [Boston, 2000], p. 19.)

Summarize your thoughts.

 



 

Facilitator Note 1

 

Next: Explore Part B: Simulations

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