Teaching Scientific Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning with Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry Workshop
In conjunction with the 2021 BIOME Institute
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Workshop Lead: Andrew Haveles, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Are you looking to teach scientific concepts using data exploration and open inquiry? Are you interested in teaching quantitative reasoning in your classroom? This EDDIE mini-Workshop provides an opportunity for participants to build expertise in teaching quantitative reasoning using environmental data-driven inquiry through EDDIE modules that embed these concepts. Project EDDIE modules address scientific topics spanning environmental disciplines with a flexible structure to fit all teaching situations.
Participants will engage in self-reflection and discussions around the challenges and successful strategies for teaching with data and scientific inquiry. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft implementation plan to use an EDDIE module, a support network of peers, and an introduction to supporting resources for your teaching. Learn more about Project EDDIE Modules.
- Watch this short video about Inquiry-based Learning(6.5 mins)
- Read thisWebpage on how EDDIE modules were developed
- Review one of the following Eddie modules and think about how you might use it in one of your classes.
Modules: Climate Change or Climate Drivers of Phenology
(Note: A workshop outcome is for participants to leave with an understanding of how to implement a module into their teaching. We will use these two modules as examples to understand the EDDIE philosophy, structure, and discuss tips for implementing EDDIE modules because of our limited contact time. Note that there are many EDDIE modulesto pick from for future use)
- Optional:Watch this webinar about Developing students' quantitative reasoning skills using large authentic datasets and Project EDDIE modules (~37 mins)
- What motivates you to teach with authentic data and open inquiry?
Note: The times below are stopwatch times
0:00 to 0:10 – Greetings, Introductions, Workshop Overview
- Download example Implementation Plan (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 335kB Jul27 21)
- Please fill in this Google sheet with your name and email address if you would like to be added to an email list associated with just this workshop. I will send some a post-workshop email and also any immediate advertisements for upcoming opportunities. You can also use it as a discussion forum building on the conversations we have today.
0:10 to 0:20 – Motivation: Why are you interested in teaching with authentic data and open inquiry?
- Group Share: Motivations for teaching with authentic data, open inquiry, and participating in this workshop. Enter your motivation into the group chat.
0:20 to 0:25 – Challenges I: Self Reflection
Reflect in your implementation plans:
- Prompt:Think about your course goals and the motivations you shared, how would your selected EDDIE Module align with these goals? What course/activity learning objective(s) (content) are you planning to address in your course using the selected EDDIE module/materials?
- Prompt: What challenges have you experienced or may encounter when teaching with authentic data and open inquiry? Where do you see students potentially getting stuck?
0:25 to 0:35 – Challenges II: Small Group Discussion and Common Themes
Breakout room discussions:
- Discuss Prompt: Discuss the challenges you have experienced or anticipate encountering when teaching with data and open inquiry? (general or specific to the implementing the module)
- Prepare to share: What were the two most common/significant challenges discussed?
(Please identify a group reporter to share your findings with the entire workshop.)
- GOOGLE SLIDES For Group Recording (Each group has a slide)
0:35 to 0:45 – Challenges III: Reportback to group with brief comments and questions
0:45 to 0:50 – Strategies I: Self Reflection
Reflect in your implementation plan:
- Prompt: What are some strategies that you have successfully used in the past to address any of the challenges identified? Are there other strategies that you used that have become invaluable?
0:50 to 1:00 – Strategies II: Small Group Discussion and Common Themes
Breakout room discussions:
- Discuss Prompts: What are some strategies that you have successfully used in the past to address any of the challenges identified? Are there other strategies that you used that have become invaluable?
- Summarize: What are 2 or 3 strategies that you would like to share? (Please identify a group reporter to share your findings back with the entire workshop.)
- Google Slides for Group Recordings - Strategies (each group has a slide)
1:00 to 1:10 – Strategies III: Reportbacks and Discuss – Questions and Comments
1:10 – 1:25 – Questions about Implementing EDDIE Modules
- Address any parked questions
- Summary from past Project EDDIE users and FMNs