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Student Inquiry

How can we inspire students to take the lead in their learning?

 Audience: Math and Science teachers in grades 8- 12.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin 

We are very excited to broaden the teacher inquiry initiative to include student inquiry for the 2013/ 2014 school year. If you teach students in Math or Science, grades 9- 12, and are excited or curious about applying aspects of student inquiry into your classroom then you will have the opportunity to be part of this exciting initiative. 

Tentative Outline

 We will be offering a kick off dinner followed by three collaborative afternoon sessions where you will have to opportunity to work with peers to develop an understanding of student inquiry and engage in collaborative planning and reflective discussions.

Dates & Times:

All sessions will run from 1:00pm- 3:30pm at the Station House Pub, 737 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC V9B 2X4

Dec. 10th

Feb. 25th

*Open afternoon to use as needed. Just contact Dawn with the date.

April 15th


General Resources:

  • Here is a General grading rubric for inquiry projects, I use it for my Math class. If students request a percentage, which is uncommon, you can convert the 4 point scale to a 10 point scale and percentage using the grading and conversion sheet below.

Inquiry and Project Rubric


Science Sample Student Inquiry Marking Guide


Facilitated by:

Dawn Anderson (Curriculum and Technology Coordinator)

Mark Batten (Numeracy Curriculum Coordinator 7- 12)

Nancy McAleer (Senior Sciences, Belmont)


Aligator Inquiry

Session 1

Agenda Why Journal? What is Inquiry? What does it look like? Engaging with Research   Resources from Session: Compass Rose Inquiry Based Learning Alberta Galileo Network Born to Learn Video: Project Based Learning and Inquiry Student Inquiry Video: Example of a grade 8 classroom For anyone interested in Science Fairs: Information on Regional Science Fair  …

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Session 2

Here are all of the resources, please email if you would like a MS Word copy so that you can edit them. Inquiry Based Learning Alberta  Levels of Inquiry Developing an Inquiry Question Inquiry and Project Rubric   If you are interested in seeing how I have laid out my Science and Technology 11 inquiry based …

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Session 3

Thank you for a great final third session. I really enjoyed being able to share-out on our experiences and reflect together as a group. Everyone’s inquiries sounded amazing and I hope that someone or schools are able to expand on this initiative next year. As promised, I will post all of the one page summaries …

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