Natural Inquirer: Using Nature to Promote Inquiry

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS

Research shows that increasing inquiry-based science instruction in the classroom has positive impacts on student achievement. During this interactive workshop you will learn about the different types of inquiry activities, experience models of using scientific inquiry to explore the natural world, and build your confidence and skill in restructuring some of your elementary classroom lessons to be more inquiry-based. You'll discover how different scientific inquiry methods address multiple intelligences, differentiation, and create relevant experiences for your students. And rest assured - becoming a natural inquirer at the zoo is fun! You'll leave the course enthusiastic and empowered to engage students in learning and grow their sense of discovery. So why not earn your CTLE and professional credits at the Queens Zoo?

Location: Queens Zoo
Date & Time: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $250

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For more information about On-Site Professional Development, please contact: or (718) 220-5136

Meet Your Instructor

Kathryn Atkins

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Kathryn is fascinated by the complex and interdisciplinary nature of achieving conservation goals, ideas she pursued in gaining her MS in Conservation Biology. The complexities of formal science instruction at the middle and secondary level are just as intriguing to her - Kathryn taught middle school science as a New York City Teaching Fellow while completing her MS Ed. In addition to her work designing and delivering professional development to classroom teachers, Kathryn coordinates the WCS Advanced Inquiry Program – a master’s degree being offered by WCS PD, in conjunction with Miami University’s Project Dragonfly.

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