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006_Phenomena Driven Inquiry with Dr. Vince Mancuso

 

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 Summary:

Today's guest, Vince Mancuso, Ed.D., has been a middle school science teacher for 20 years. His research focuses on discrepant event phenomena in the science classroom and inquiry-based reform, specifically the development of inquiry-grounded curriculum and effective inquiry practices that enrich traditional classrooms. He developed and shaped Phenomena-Driven Inquiry  and the POQIE model through fifteen years of extensive research and field-testing that began with his Master’s work, carried through his doctoral studies, and continued through several years of post-doctoral action research.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Guest Dr. Vince Mancuso, Developer of the...
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7 Reasons to Add the EQuIP Rubric to your NGSS Lesson Planning Toolbox

Not sure if that lesson is really NGSS aligned? Enter the EQuIP Rubric. A MUST for creating effective, efficient, and engaging NGSS lesson plans. Below I list 7 reasons why.

I’ll admit it.
 
When I first started teaching science, my basic lesson planning formula was:
  1. Front load vocabulary.
  2. Teach content from the textbook (usually in an outline form).
  3. Find some fun hands-on activities that confirmed what we just read (or even just slightly connected).
It's true. My “hands on” activities were more fluff than substance.
 
Let me give you an example: Volcanoes
 
We made beautiful model volcanoes that all looked the same (cone-shaped and brown) with a small PVC pipe in the middle to fit a test tube. Something like this:
"All models are wrong, but some are useful" (Spoiler alert: This is not one of them)
 
Then, we I poured pre-made mixtures into the tubes to model three different types of eruptions--low viscosity; medium...
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