Teacher Spotlight: Joanna Bullock

This Teacher Spotlight goes to:
Joanna Bullock
7th & 8th grade, Oregon & Arizona

What is your favorite Inq-ITS Lab?
Predation.

How do you use Inq-ITS?
I use Inq-ITS partially as a subject review and primarily as a way to track my students’ progress over time. The labs give me great data on how each of my students is performing in each step of the inquiry process. In the past, I’ve used InqITS data as part of my student growth goals.

Any good stories?
My students’ relationship with Rex cracks me up. Half of them wish they had him in their lab. The other half are furious when he doesn’t let them move forward with an erroneous hypothesis. Thank you, Rex, for taking this abuse and allowing me to be the helpful teacher who coaches students past you!

Anything else to add?
I appreciate the prompt support I get from Inq-ITS staff whenever I need to set up a new lab, new class, or adjust a lab to fit my lesson plan.

Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Bob Gilmore

This Teacher Spotlight goes to:
Dr. Bob Gilmore
5th grade, Massachusetts

What is your favorite Inq-ITS Lab?
Lunar Phases.

How do you use Inq-ITS?
I am using Inq-ITS to increase data literacy skills for my students. The comfort that my students have with their data and their ability to talk about their data intelligently is light years ahead of other students.

Any good stories?
I’ve done a preview with students and once I have that data I take a picture with my phone and then I have the students discuss the data. It was hard not to rescue kids when they made mistakes, but the kids have made big progress by being allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.

Anything else to add?
For my kids I gave zero instruction on the mechanics of doing Inq-ITS. Literally I just gave them the code and the kids were off and running. They were intuitively able to get started on their individual investigations.

Teacher Spotlight: Sarah Boese

This Teacher Spotlight goes to:
Sarah Boese
9th grade, North Dakota

What is your favorite Inq-ITS Lab?
Forces & Motion on Different Planetary Bodies.

How do you use Inq-ITS?
It varies, sometimes I use Inq-ITS as an assessment tool to see how well they understand the concepts. Sometimes I use it as a preview for a future hands-on lab.

Any good stories?
(Laughing) My students love and hate Rex all at the same time.

Anything else to add?
Overall I just love using Inq-ITS because it forces my students to think like Scientists. It forces them to think more about analyzing information rather than just regurgitating knowledge.