Have you tried inquiry as an instructional model?
Dewey proposed that inquiry is the “active, persistent, and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusions to which it tends.”
Consider the following scenarios:
- A teacher asks students to interpret a set of animal tracks, and generate several alternative hypotheses to explain the pattern of the prints.
- Students are asked to look at data of weather patterns in a particular area over a 10 year period. The students are asked to form hypotheses and further questions based on the data.
- A teacher takes students on a field trip to collect leaves from different trees. Students are asked to create a classification system using the leaves.
- A teacher gives students an unknown substance, and asks them to use scientific tests to determine the composition of the material.
- A teacher provides students with a variety of magnets and other materials and asks them to set up their own experiments.
Start with something intriguing, puzzling or interesting.
Ask Questions and get students to explore and experiment.
Guide students but allow them to articulate their ideas.