Fostering Inquiry by scaffolding curiosity – ESCI

Inquiry is a new and emerging form of teaching that puts students in the drivers seat of their education.  They decide what they do and don’t want to learn.  Inquiry fosters some of the most meaningful learnings because people learn best when they find the answers to their own questions.

Inquiry in science fosters so many opportunities to establish a deepfe181c0727c9da5a1cb1f1c2e22c756f.jpger understanding of the world around us.  Inquiry can extend the learning far beyond the classroom if done properly.

Science lends itself well to inquiry because a portion of science is the scientific theory.  Scientific theory is a theory of exploration through experiments.  Inquiry also is a process of exploration through many different processes.




What’s this about Composting? ESCI Reflective Journal


As  I entered the classroom knowing we were having a presenter talking about composting, I was filled with excitement.  I love the idea of composting and am thrilled at the idea of learning more.  I want to begin my journey in composting by first having my own verma composting bin in my apartment.  I was and still am a bit uneasy about having something that potentially could smell terrible, in a space I live in everyday.

I loved learning about the red wiggler worms and how awesome this hungry little worms are.  I found it so fascinating how easy composting can be as long as you understand the basics.

As a nature interpreter for Sask Parks I am constantly looking for new ideas I can use at the lake to help our campers lessen their footprint on our earth.  Of course we have programs like leave no trace and I talk everyday about the importance of having a healthy earth but composting seems like a really good concrete idea I can bring to the lake.  In theory it will not only help the earth and fertilize the garden I plan on planting this summer (indigenous prairie plants) but it will also reduce the amount of scented food that is going into our trash that attracts bears to the campgrounds.

I wonder.. ESCI 310 Science Journal

7630c5a1a73d760d6c7f70ae400dca83.jpgEveryday I wonder and ponder hundreds of questions in my mind. Ever since I have been a small child I constantly seek to understand, I question everything I see and I have an intense need to understand. I suppose this is partially why I chose to enter the profession of education, so that I might teach the ‘why’ to other humans.

I wonder why we as humans have chosen to ignore the science and destroy our earth in order to attempt to satisfy our materialistic wants. I wonder why some people chose to be blind to the fact that we are indeed killing our earth. I wonder why we don’t as a whole do more to protect our earth. But most prominently I wonder how I as an educator can foster a change of understanding in the generations to come. I wonder how I will teach them to see with both eyes. To understand the world from a euro western perspective but to also understand our world from a traditional indigenous perspective. How, I wonder, how will I foster an understanding of the environment that supports modern science but also respects traditional beliefs.

As I sit and wonder all of these things my desire to know ‘why’ and ‘how’ is coming to light and I feel myself already thirsting for the answers. I know that I will not be done until I understand what I need to do to teach children to wonder about how they can help our earth. This, of course will take years of listening and seeing with both eyes but this is a question I am excited to begin to learn the answers to. I wonder where my thirst to know will take me.