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Discussion pages on wikispaces are very much like a blog with the advantage of having all class materials organized together. Follow the directions which follow.

Please complete the reading assignment on this page.
Reading Assignment:

How CFQ's Enhance Units and Lessons


The first few times teachers develop unit overviews and lessons, they struggle with the nature of an essential question and the inquiry process. Read at least one of the following articles and respond to the associated questions or statements for that article.

A. Galileo on the essential question -- http://www.galileo.org/tips/essential_questions.html The opening statement for this web page states, "Essential Questions develop foundational understandings. They provide the fundamental organizing principles that bound an inquiry and guide the development of meaningful, authentic tasks. " Based on your reading, how does the essential question represent the heart of your unit or lesson? Please explain.
B. Galileo on inquiry -- http://www.galileo.org/inquiry-why.html 1. Why bother with inquiry centered lessons? 2. Is there an anticipated learner age when a successful inquiry project can be anticipated? Please explain. 3. What might the next steps be for teacher and students at the close of a lesson or unit that uses inquiry projects?
C. From Galileo unit sample called "Our Roots" -- one teacher’s perspective, http://www.galileo.org/schools/gibson/land/flavelle-reflections.shtml Think about this project. 1. How is it different than a traditional lesson? 2. How did this project change the way teachers viewed the project topic from other years and this current one? 3. In what ways is this project "authentic" for students?


Once you have finished the assigned reading, respond to the discussion prompt which follows. Your response should reflect your point of view with strong support and quotations from the reading you completed, other commentary about peer entries, additional readings resources you can share.

Discussion Prompt:

Look for the associated discussion prompt/question of the article you read. Remember that when you respond to the questions for one article you read you need to be sure that you provide clear reasoning and support for your point of view -- equivalent of half page, single spaced Word doc as a way to measure success in length of your response.


STRONG SUGGESTION: Frame your response on a Word doc that you can save onto the desktop. When you have completed spell check and are satisfied with your answer, do this:
1) Highlight your entire answer on the Word doc (CTRL A key).
2) From the drop down EDIT menu, select COPY.
3) Move to the class wiki discussion page to post your response.
4) Make sure your cursor is blinking on the discussion response page.
4) Select online EDIT again, then choose PASTE.
5) When you see your complete response on the discussion POST message, click SEND.
6) If, for some reason, you encounter an error message, the good news is that you have your completed assignment on the Word doc. Wait a while and then repost to the discussion page.
7) Once you know your response has posted to the discussion page, you will no longer need your Word doc, so delete it unless you want to keep a folder copy of all responses.
HOPE THIS HELPS! :-)


Once you have a response in mind, do this. On this page you will see a discussion tab near the top. Select this tab. When it opens do the following:
1. For keyword, include your first and last name.
2. In the subject line, name the reading selection.
3. In the body of the message, provide a one or two paragraph response approximately equal to a typed, single spaced half page document response.
4. Finally, check the box for “Monitor this topic”.


From time to time, revisit this discussion page to see how others have responded to the reading and perhaps to your comments. Feel free to respond to classmates’ remarks as well..