Welcome to a blog that will chronicle the insights and experiences of 90 Chicago Public School teachers using an inquiry approach in their science teaching. We belong to the Golden Apple Inquiry Science Institute Network, which serves a wide range of public schools in Chicago. Some of us have been teaching for many years. Others are relatively new to the teaching profession. What we all share is a common desire to engage our students in exciting, hands on, minds on explorations of their world through science. We will share this journey, either as individual bloggers or through the reflections of Penny Lundquist, who will be the primary scribe of the group and will synthesize the goals, challenges, successes, failure and lessons learned – our Everyteacher of a journey that is likely to contain its share of magic.
One of our touchstones is the following quotation by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
We’ll paraphrase that slightly: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed teachers can change their classrooms, their schools, and indeed the world.”
We will also be using TWITTER to gather cool science tweets, and using other Web 2.0 technologies to better prepare ourselves and ultimately our students to thrive in the 21st century world.
Enjoy the journey!
You can learn more about Golden Apple’s Inquiry Science Institute here: http://www.goldenapple.org/inquiry-science-institute