For the Self-Study wiki documents should be uploaded to the shared document resources. This way all users can access the documents that the committees are using for their standards. This section can be found at the bottom of each committee’s page:
Follow the link within the “Attached Documentation” section to that committee’s documentation page.
A new page will open that has an “Add file” button:
Select the “Add file” button a standard selection box will open:
Select the document you want to upload:
In this case it is a document on the desktop of my local machine titled “Facilities_and_Resources.doc”.
And select the “Upload” button.
Your document will be uploaded and the version, time and user will be recorded. Future versions that have the same name will appear as a new version.
Using this method will allow all users to access your documents, and the link can be copied from your browser and embedded directly into your standards:
Kerry Wright EDU 7136
Dr. Gillespie Reaction Paper II
The foam activity outlined in the article did have many aspects of inquiry based learning. The activity requires hands on exercise to develop knowledge. The activity also outlined differentiated instruction which is important for all of the students to have success with the project. The article carefully outlines the materials needed and ways to facilitate the class discussion about the observations which will lead to new discovery for the students.
Although this project had many aspects inquiry base learning I felt the ultimate aim or goal for the project was not communicated. If we are to have hands on activities and increase knowledge through observation, exploration, and discussion, there needs to be a final product for accountability purposes. This article lacks that part of inquiry base learning. It has many suggestions and information to organize the students but lacked information about the ultimate goal or aim of the project.
Below is an activity that I feel better fits the criteria for inquiry base learning. The students have to research and explore as in the form activity. However, the project below requires a final project that is unique for each student.
The project required that the class be divided into groups. Each group has to research the food pyramid and the requirements of a balanced diet on various web pages. Each student in the group has to design three meals a day for five days. The meal plan had to be designed so that the basic nutritional needs were satisfied. The students also had to make a budget for the meal and then construct graphs that compared the students’ meal plans within each group. The task requires that the students collect newspaper food advertisements and make an oral presentation on the menus they constructed. The students also have to prepare one meal on the menu to share in the class.
I do feel this learning activity meets the needs of inquiry base learning more than the foam project. The aim or goal is to teach the nutritional information to students in a fun and exploratory manner. The students have to research information, had to build on their knowledge of math by making a budget and research information on food prices. They also had to do group work and compare the different menus developed. This activity requires higher order thinking and higher order thinking is the goal of inquiry base learning and the constructivist approach.