Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms

Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms

Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms

Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms


Thinking critically. Communicating effectively. Collaborating productively. Students need to develop proficiencies while mastering the practices, concepts, and ideas associated with mathematics and science. Successful students must be able to work with large data sets, design experiments, and apply what they're learning to solve real-world problems.

Research shows that inquiry-based instruction boosts students' critical thinking skills and promotes the kind of creative problem solving that turns the classroom into an energized learning environment.

In this book, real-world lesson plans illustrate highly effective inquiry-based instruction as you learn

• How to engage math and science students at all grade levels;

• Why students should explore a subject before you explain it;

• How to meet rigorous standards and expectations through rich, well-aligned classroom experiences;

• How to develop useful formative assessments and gather critical information during every class period; and

• How to create effective questions that guide students' deep learning and your own professional development.

No matter what your experience with inquiry-based instruction, Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms will help hone your ability to plan and implement high-quality lessons that engage students and improve learning.


While reading a book or listening to a presentation on teaching practices, do you ever catch yourself thinking, “Yeah, I already know that”? Well, this book will help you progress beyond that sort of passive acknowledgment to a deeper exploration of your teaching and, specifically, the beliefs that inform it, the practices that guide it, and the actions that facilitate it. For administrators and instructional coaches, your active involvement is just as critical.

You are likely to take either of two general approaches as you read this book, each with dramatically different outcomes. You can be actively involved by continually asking how an idea or topic relates to your practice, students, department, school, and district. Or you can scan the book, grabbing a few tips to try out in tomorrow’s lesson. the first approach seeks to transform your teaching practice by improving its overall quality over time; the second approach, though common, aims for a few modest tweaks, often neglecting any long-term improvements.


To encourage thought and discussion, I’ve included notes called Transformations in Practice (TIPs)
throughout the book. When you come to each tip, I hope you will pause and explicitly reflect on your
practice, instruction, or perceptions related to the immediate topic.

Chapter 1 begins by helping you examine your current values, practices, and actions as teachers. It helps you to understand the unique . . .

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