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AP® Biology: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs (Online Professional Development)

For new and experienced AP teachers

Workshop description

Inquiry-based labs allow students to engage in science practices that require them to think and act like scientists. This course provides AP Biology teachers with a means to understand inquiry and its place in the classroom, including models of inquiry and inquiry levels. Participants will analyze how traditional labs differ from inquiry-based labs and learn how to modify these labs to make them inquiry-based. Participants will finish this course with the ability to confidently create inquiry-based labs that they can immediately use in their classrooms.

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Workshop goal

Participants will learn strategies for modifying traditional labs and incorporating inquiry-based labs into their AP Biology Curriculum.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Examine current research and models of inquiry to gain an understanding of differing lab structures.
  • Consider the cognitive processes that students engage in during various laboratory investigations and identify the tasks that enable different levels of inquiry (confirmation, structured, guided, or open).
  • Modify traditional labs to make them inquiry-based.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Laying the Foundation
  • Unit 2: What is Inquiry?
  • Unit 3: Modifying Traditional Labs
  • Unit 4: Inquiry-Based Instruction
  • Unit 5: Syllabus Development and Course Conclusion

Course syllabus PDF for AP Biology: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs

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To register for summer institutes, visit 
AP Central: Institutes & Workshops.

Biology teachers: To register for online courses, visit
AP Biology Online Professional Development.

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