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Observing the Moon’s of Jupiter. A Participatory Example of Contemporary Inquiry Instruction. DISCUSSION. Everyone has been talking about INQUIRY in teaching. Let’s generate some ideas about what that means. Describe three inquiry experiences that you’ve had

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Observing the Moon’s of Jupiter

A Participatory Example of Contemporary Inquiry Instruction


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DISCUSSION

  • Everyone has been talking about INQUIRY in teaching. Let’s generate some ideas about what that means.

  • Describe three inquiry experiences that you’ve had

  • Write down you description of what INQUIRY looks like in the ideal classroom

  • Our collective image of ideal inquiry:


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2009 Inquiry Science Mini-ConferenceTodayFirst (and last) Call for Poster Presentations

Conference Theme: Heavenly Motions:

Studying the Dynamics of Jupiter’s Moons

This announcement calls for contributed poster presentations describing an original and never before published inquiry research study. Inquiry research teams of no more than two authors can present a poster as large as 4’ x 4’ OR as a series of no more than 5 PPT slides. Your participation requires prior approval by the chair of the Science Organizing Committee (SOC) by submitting a description of your research question and strategy for collecting data with a maximum length of 50 words one hour before the conference.


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Ok,,,,,

GO! Do your “inquiry”!


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The Compassionate Teacher gives students a nudge in some direction….

  • Imagine I gave you any three nights over the next year to use the Gemini Observatory atop Mauna Kea to observe anything you wanted to look at for a class project. This observing time has a value of about $90,000.

  • What would you choose to do?


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Inquiry using the Hubble Space Telescope

  • Hubble Deep Field Multimedia Journey

  • http://hubblesite.org/hubble_discoveries/hubble_deep_field/

  • Hubble Deep Field North

  • Hubble Deep Field South

  • Hubble Ultra Deep Field


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  • What observations can we make when we look at these images?


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More Hubble to Investigate


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Questions that we’ll come back to…

  • You were prompted to engage in two different astronomy inquiry experiences---

    • Of the two lists of questions that we generated, which list was “easier” to create?

    • What are the implications for the classroom teacher and for the students?


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Jupiter’s moons are easily seen with Earth-based telescopes


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Solar System Simulator

  • Online software that allows the user to observe any solar system object, from any vantage point, at any date and time, with (nearly) any field of view

  • http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/


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Solar System Simulator

Question: How long does it take for Earth’s Moon to make one trip around the Earth?

Process:

  • Use SSS to look at our moon from the surface of the Sun

  • Starting today at about 00:00 notice where the Moon is its orbit, and measure the distance between the two with a ruler.

  • Advance the date and time until the Moon returns to the same location


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Solar System Simulator

Question: How long does it take for Io to make one rotation on its axis?

Process:

  • Use SSS to look at Io from the surface of the Sun

  • Starting today at 00:00 look at Io and find a landmark. Measure the distance between the landmark and the nearest edge of the moon.

  • Advance the date and time until the landmark returns to the same location


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Solar System Simulator

Question: How long does it take for Io to make one trip around the Jupiter?


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Solar System Simulator

Question: Jupiter has four large moons. What question would you like to ask about the motion of the Galilean moons?

  • Make a list of questions. Then choose your favorite and design a procedure to answer your question.


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2009 Inquiry Science Mini-ConferenceTodayFirst (and last) Call for Poster Presentations

Conference Theme: Heavenly Motions:

Studying the Dynamics of Jupiter’s Moons

This announcement calls for contributed poster presentations describing an original and never before published inquiry research study. Inquiry research teams of no more than two authors can present a poster as large as 4’ x 4’ OR as a series of no more than 5 PPT slides. Your participation requires prior approval by the chair of the Science Organizing Committee (SOC) by submitting a description of your research question and strategy for collecting data with a maximum length of 50 words one hour before the conference.


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Inquiry Using a Backwards Faded Scaffolding Approach

Traditional Inquiry

  • Pose researchable questions

  • Design strategies to pursue evidence

  • Defend data-based conclusions

Backwards Inquiry

  • Defend data-based conclusions

  • Evaluate others’ strategies and design your own strategies to pursue evidence

  • Pose researchable questions based on previously seen models


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Pictures of Students


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