INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING: USING INQUIRY AS A TEACHING STRATEGY – VCSU COURSE

(1 Graduate Semester Credits) The process of learning through inquiry strengthens critical thinking and everyday life skills in students and is an important component of classroom instruction. Participants of this course explore the strategies involved in planning and executing inquiry-based lesson plans. The components of an inquiry-led lesson will be outlined and discussed, and participants will learn to develop and plan an inquiry-led lesson. You will apply these ideas to an implementation process through an action plan design, resource development, and analysis of research to view applicability in the classroom. A final implementation plan will allow you to showcase how you plan to specifically implement course ideas into a current or future classroom.

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COURSE DETAILS:
  • Total Price: $165
  • This price includes a $95 One-time fee now + $70/Credit when you finish your course

  • Credit Type: Graduate-Level Credit
  • Credits: 1 Semester Credits
  • 20 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • 21st Century Learning
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Social Studies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn The Benefits & Key Components of Building an Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan
  • Learn What Effective Inquiry-Based Learning Looks Like in the Classroom
  • Learn How to Plan & Inquiry-Based Lesson Using Our Provided Inquiry Lesson Planning Tools

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

What is Inquiry-Based Learning, and how can I implement it into my own classroom?

Very helpful course!

I took this course to assist me in planning a long-term science unit. I loved the way it was presented, and the resources were fantastic! I recommended it to the rest of my department. Would definitely recommend this for any teacher who wants to challenge his/her students to think critically with an inquiry model.

-7th Grade Teacher

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  1 Graduate-Level Semester Credits:

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 1 Graduate-Level Semester Credits

This course falls under Valley City State University’s (VCSU) EDUC 2000 numbering system, for the purposes of credential/licensure designed primarily for electives or professional development/salary advancement purposes. This course is for 1 Credits and requires a minimum passage grade of 80%. Model Teaching is an accredited partner with VCSU. Upon course completion, you will be provided with 1 graduate-level semester credits, along with an official transcript and letter grade from VCSU for you to submit to your district or state department of education for your licensing and/or salary advancement needs.

REGIONALLY ACCREDITED · OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED · INCLUDES A LETTER GRADE

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All VCSU-partnered Model Teaching courses will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

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Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for license renewal prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All course work completed will include an Official Transcript and Letter Grade, ready to submit to your district or state authority.

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for salary advancement prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – What Is Inquiry?

  • The meaning of inquiry-based instructional strategy
  • The rationale behind using the inquiry-based strategy in the classroom

Section 2 – Teacher & Student Roles

  • The role of the teacher in an inquiry-based classroom
  • The role of the student in an inquiry-based classroom

Section 3 – A Classroom Snapshot of Inquiry-Based Learning

  • What an inquiry-based lesson looks like in an actual elementary school classroom

Section 4 – Developing a Lesson Plan

  • Learn the components of an inquiry-based lesson
  • Develop an inquiry-based lesson outline

Section 5 – Developing Rigorous Questions

  • Review the six levels of questions on Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to create questions at various cognitive thinking skill levels for your lesson

Section 6 – Developing Guiding Activities

  • Review the four levels of activities from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Use Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to design activities at various levels of complexity for your lesson
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 20 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Guide to Writing Questions
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Guiding Questions Worksheet
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Outline-SAMPLE 1
  • Inquiry Path Worksheet-SAMPLE 1
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Template-SAMPLE
  • Root Cause Weekly Behavior Tracker
  • Classroom Procedures Plan
  • Guiding Activities Worksheet
  • Guiding Questions Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Outline-SAMPLE 2
  • Inquiry Path Worksheet-SAMPLE 2
  • KWL Chart
  • Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Guide
  • Classroom Procedures Plan-SAMPLE
  • GuidingActivities Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Outline
  • Inquiry Path Worksheet
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Template
  • Root Cause Daily Behavior Tracker

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