Inquiry and Design Thinking
Dole, Laurie. (2013). Using inquiry groups to meet the next generation science standards. LMC, 32(2), 34-36.
The NGSS standards are almost mirrors of the steps of the inquiry model. Students ask questions and define problems, develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, use math and computational thinking, construct explanations and design solutions: engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. These steps and goals are very similar to other inquiry models that have a goal for students to be engaged in active wonder and questioning.
I love that all of the inquiry models we studied in class this semester can also be applied to NGSS topics. It’s often difficult for me to think of ways to connect to curriculum, other than language arts and social studies, but it can be done. Taking students all the way through a complete inquiry project also reinforces the scientific process, and creates a generation of people who will know how to delve deeply into exploring a topic.