In my FSL class we are working on Inquiry Based Learning. My students and I created inquiry based questions and a success criteria to answer these questions. Inquiry based learning in FSL starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios -- rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge.
Students will identify and research issues and questions to develop their knowledge or solutions. Inquiry-based learning includes problem-based learning, and is generally used in small scale investigations and projects.
The National Science Education Standards (NSES) (1996) outlines six important aspects pivotal to inquiry learning in science education.
1. Students should be able to recognize that science is more than memorizing and knowing facts.
2. Students should have the opportunity to develop new knowledge that builds on their prior knowledge and scientific ideas.
3. Students will develop new knowledge by restructuring their previous understandings of scientific concepts and adding new information learned.
4. Learning is influenced by students’ social environment whereby they have an opportunity to learn from each other
5. Students will take control of their learning .
6. The extent to which students are able to learn with deep understanding will influence how transferable their new knowledge is to real life contexts.