Jeff C. Marshall, a prominent science educator at Clemson University and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, has authored a new ASCD book. In Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms, he promotes inquiry-based learning as an important pathway to growing students’ thinking skills and engaging them in thoughtful problem-solving.
You can explore the concept in depth in earlier chapters of this book. Marshall encourages you to play an active role as you read and to continually ask yourself how presented concepts relate to your work and your students. Excerpted below is a sample inquiry-based lesson that middle school educators can put into practice and elementary school teachers can adapt to help students develop their understanding of the Earth-sun-moon system by actively engaging with the content.