Teacher’s Role in Supporting Children’s Inquiry

Teacher’s Role in Supporting Children’s Inquiry
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What Makes These Stars on the Floor? - Finding the source of sun spots on the floor
A faceted mirror ball sprays rays of light throughout the room, radiating outward from the ball, but only when the ball is placed in the path of sunlight coming through…
Emphasizing Effects - Calling children's attention to effects so they can invent the means
As George, the adult, rolls toy cars with two children, he is careful to talk about the effects of his actions, e.g. "That time they did not spin around." These…
Coloring Water - Orienting children to the quantity of a cause
Six two-year-olds and their teacher, experiment with mixing food coloring in water. Notice how the teacher works to increase the children's understanding by asking them to plan ahead: "Tyler, do…
Questions to Ask Young Children About Causes - Asking children to explain why something did not happen
A teacher can focus children's thoughts via her questions, as you will observe in this five-minute video. The children are rolling toy cars down a ramp. A bell on a…
Learning to Talk About Goals and Strategies
Your first impression in watching this video clip of water play might be that the teacher asks the children many questions. But we must be careful to analyze the form…
Construction Site Dilemma - Helping children guess the goals of men at work
Eight boys and their teacher problem solve about how to learn what some construction workers are building without crossing the parking lot at school. The teacher says, "So we're gonna…
Invisible Rats - Reality in Fantasy - Encouraging children to give full details of their fantasy play
This is a video of a group of three children in a 4-year-old classroom. The teacher discovers two boys hiding under a futon and begins filming. Soon a girl joins…
Girls Experiment with Mixing Colors Over a Light - Calling children's attention to the paradox of getting purple from blue and red
Let's listen to how three girls talk "science" as they use eyedroppers to create colored liquids. The close proximity of the girls, each with her own eyedropper, making new colors…
Water Wheel - Where to Pour - Helping children focus on how to make a water wheel turn
As you view this video, find what problems the two girls confront as they pour water on a wheel. Also notice any place where either girl is surprised by what…

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