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BASEE Summer Workshop Agenda

submitter: Bay Area Schools for Excellence in Education
published: 06/29/1999
posted to site: 07/02/1999
BASEE Invitations to INQUIRY
June 21-25, 1999
Loyola Elementary School
Los Altos

"A human mind once stretched to a new idea never returns to its former dimensions."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

How long do your workshops last?


How many teachers do you involve in your workshops?


What are your major goals for your workshops in terms of content and pedagogy? (Just one or two paragraphs)

Content: The Invitations to Inquiry Institute featured the pedagogy of inquiry by using concepts in light and color as the vehicle. Pedagogy: Our goal was for institute participants to recognize the tools of inquiry - the process skills - their importance and how those skills are also necessary for learning in other curricular areas. Additionally, we hope teachers will understand that using inquiry is one way to assist students who are grappling with misconceptions. A variety and range of lesson activities were provided to help teachers identify them along a continuum beginning with guided inquiry to student generated questions and investigations. Finally, it was important for teachers to have a personal inquiry experience in order to understand both its value and the steps needed to support inquiry style learning.

Are you offering professional development on specific curricula that you are hoping will be used in the classroom? If so, which curricula are you using?

see above

Welcome to Invitations to Inquiry!

June 21-25, 1999
Loyola Elementary School
770 Berry Ave.
Los Altos

Please join us for muffins and coffee each morning at 8:00 a.m. so our sessions can begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided each day. You will be able to earn a $300 stipend for attending the entire program or 30 hours of district professional development credit.

We are excited about the plans taking shape for a week of exploring inquiry, hands-on activities and collegial conversation around best practices. You'll receive a copy of Primary Science: Taking the Plunge edited by Wynne Harlen along with some other materials which we hope will be useful. Your principal will be invited to join us on Tuesday to see inquiry in action and to join us for lunch for informal discussions. On Wednesday and Thursday, we are delighted to have two guest presenters from the Exploratorium who will provide lessons on light and color as vehicles for inquiry learning.

There will be time to work on a specific unit or lesson of your choice from your grade level materials. So be sure to keep the teachers guide handy or make copies of the pertinent pages. Be prepared to bring it to the institute on Thursday.

If your plans change, please notify us right away. Again, welcome. We look forward to working together.


Jan Hustler

Questions? Please contact: Shirley Reith, Administrative Assistant, Phone: 650-236-2198, E-mail:, FAX: 650-236-1626

Invitations to Inquiry Planning - Revised 6/14/99
June 21-25

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
M 8:30-9:00 Welcome, Goals, Norms, pre assessment, logistics
*Dick Liewer/Linda Eckols/Jan

9:00-12:00 3 kinds of Hands on-Tops
25 Challenge-Rebecca
26 Guided-Lynn
M Open - Louise/Rachel/Gina Howell (Claudia, Jan)
Debrief focus groups:
L Lynette/Rachel/Gina - M Louise/Gloriane
23 Rebecca/Judy-24 Lynn/Dorothy
26 Lindy/Rob - 25 Jan/Nancy

12:45-2:45 Proc. Skills Cir.
Break outs 2 rms:
23 * Rebecca/Louise (Jan)
24 *Lindy/Lynette/Claudia (Lynn)

2:45-2:50 Transition Break

2:50-3:15 Assessment
M *Yvonne (Rob)

3:15-3:30 Exp. Homework: W. Harlen Books
Quick Write - Jan

M 8:30-12:00 Ice Balloons investigable questions
25 *Dorothy/Jan/Rob (Rebecca)
26 *Lynn/Rachel/Judy (Lindy)
All SRTs facilitate

Administrators invited for morning and Lunch Meeting by District
Locations: C 25, LA 26, MP 27, Mt V 23, PA 24, RC 12, SC library, W multi

12:45-2:00 W Harlen
Jigsaw charts and sharing
26 *Jan/Joan (Louise)
27 *Gloriane/Lynette (Judy)

2:00-2:10 Transition Break

2:10-3:15 Misconceptions
26 *Jan/Joan (Nancy)
27 *Gloriane/Lynette (Rachel)

3:15-3:30 Wrap up
Quick Write - Jan/Gloriane

3:30 SRTs help set up for Wed.
(Off Duty SRTs begin after lunch)

M 8:30-8:40 Opening Jan

8:40-3:30 Light and Color
*Barry Kluger-Bell and SRTs:
Dorothy, Gloriane, Lynn, Lindy, Louise, Nancy, Rachel, Rebecca
Lead teacher: Robin Young
Rooms: M 2 grps, 23, 24
(Lynette AM)
(Claudia PM)

Colored Light and Pigments
Color Investigations
Reflection woven through-out

Rob assists in bridge light rm.

Dismiss from rooms. Remind people the importance of being on time tomorrow.

8:30-8:40 Opening Jan

8:30-12:00 - Presentation: Reflection, Absorption and Transmission of Light
(Rob) rooms: M 2 grps 23, 24, 25

M 12:45-3:15 Conclusions on Inquiry
Pulling the concepts together
Focus Groups
L Rachel
M Lynette/Rebecca
23 Nancy/Lynn
24 Rob/Dorothy
26 Lindy
25 Louise/Robin

M 3:15-3:30 Wrap Up
* Barry, Fred, Rachel
Index cards for topic groups Fri. Quick Write

M 8:30-10:30 - Chemical Reactions
*Gloriane/Lynn/Dorothy (Rachel)

10:30-10:45 Break

M 10:45-12:00 - Redesign lesson or unit
*Jan/Lynn (Dorothy)

12:00-1:00 lunch

M 1:00-1:20 post assess.

1:20-2:20 Share Redesign
rms assigned - limit 12 per room
23 *Lindy (Claudia)
L *Dorothy/Rachel (Louise)
24 *Rebecca/Yvonne (Jan)
25 *Lynn/Rob (Nancy)
26 *Gloriane (Jody)

2:20-2:35 Evaluation in the breakout rms

2:35-2:40 Transition Break

M 2:35-3:00 Closing
The Great Giveaway

Is hands-on always inquiry?

What skills do we use in science?

How do we distinguish investigable questions?

How do we ask stretching, productive questions?

How can inquiry help dispel misconceptions?

How do we use these skills and tools as starting points for inquiry? How do we move hands-on activities toward inquiry? How do we apply what we learned?

Putting it all together!

SRT Notes: Please plan on a short team meeting at the end of each day to prepare for the next day. Fred and Marilyn have requested a similar meeting on Wednesday to that we'll know how we can assist on Thursday. Blue ink=jobs! Green ink=lead facilitator Host=Yvonne ()=reviewer for that section Red ink=room location (M=multi, L=library)

Invitations to INQUIRY

June 21-25, 1999

Please note: each day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:30

Day 1 Monday, June 21 Engage

Storyline: Is hands-on always inquiry? What skills do we use in science?

Morning Welcome and Introductions
Three Kinds of Hands-On Science: Tops
Lunch 12:00-12:45
Afternoon The Skills of Inquiry: Process Skills Circus
Reflections and Assessment
Homework: Taking the Plunge
Day 2 Tuesday, June 22 Explore

Storyline: How do we distinguish investigable questions? How do we ask stretching, productive questions? How can inquiry help dispel misconceptions?

Morning Raising Questions: Ice Balloons
Lunch by district 12:00-12:45 Administrators invited
Afternoon Taking the Plunge: Jigsaw
Day 3 Wednesday, June 23 Explore

Storyline: How do we use these skills as starting points for inquiry?

Morning Introduction to Starting Points
Colored Light and Pigments
Lunch 12:00-12:45
Afternoon Color Investigations
Day 4 Thursday, June 24 Explore & Explain

Storyline: How do we move hands-on activities toward inquiry?

Morning Presentation: Reflection, Absorption and Transmission of Light
Color Investigations
Lunch 12:00-12:45
Afternoon Pulling the Concepts Together
Focus Groups
Conclusions on Inquiry
Day 5 Friday, June 25 Apply

Storyline: How do we apply what we learned? Putting it all together!

Morning Subtle Shifts: Chemical Reactions
Redesign a lesson
Lunch 12:00-12:45
Afternoon Share Redesigned Lessons
Assessment and Evaluation
Giveaway Surprises