What if. Two words with such power behind them. As a science teacher, I have used them forever. Maybe sometimes I even take them for granted. But what I love is when other teachers discover the power of these two words.
As I was surfing the web tonight, I came across this story. Take time to read it and get excited my teacher friends. Rich Lehrer is a science teacher who started using these two words to get his students doing authentic learning. He gave them a real problem and they worked collaboratively using technology to find a solution.
The power behind the two words is this: what if begins a question. Questions are the hallmark of inquiry. Inquiry is the search for meaning through our observations and experiences.
What if every teacher taught this way? What if we believed all kids could learn through an inquiry process? What if? To get students engaged in learning, what if has to become our rallying cry! Go Science!