Asking Questions (for science) and Defining Problems (for engineering)

Short Introduction to Practice 1 Classroom teacher Paul Anderson gives a short overview of Practice 1.

NSTA webinar This webinar uses Blackboard Collaborate when playing. It will not harm your computer. If your computer prompts you, you will need to "accept" to allow playback. If you have technical difficulties you can download the podcast from the same website and just listen to the webinar. This webinar was created before the final version of NGSS was available. However, the information presented is still pertinent and accurate. A discussion is given about 20 minutes into the webinar that describes why the term "inquiry" is not used and the term "practices" is now used. NSTA experienced some technical problems with the video portion, however, the discussion is useful and the Power Point can be downloaded to your computer from the NSTA website.

Video Professional Development -  Part 3 in this series shows a process that teachers can use to help students create questions. The classroom footage illustrates how teachers work with elementary and middle school students to come up with questions that can be investigated empirically.

Ready, Set, Science!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms Please read pages 66-69. An elementary school classroom (Kindergarten) is described. The teacher is deepening student understanding through the use of a "mystery box". Discussion (practice 7) is also evident. Although this section of the book is focused on learning progressions, the teacher's skill in guiding the whole class through the use of questions provides us with a great illustration.

Engineering connection. Engineering is Elementary are lessons that teach the engineering design process in grades 1-5. Part of that process is defining problems (Dimension 1, number 1). Please watch some of the classroom videos and look to see how the teacher guides the students in the process of defining the problem as the students work to create a solution.

The Exploratorium has a workshop on raising questions. Here is the Raising Questions PD Guide.