AP® Biology: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs (Online Professional Development)
For new and experienced AP teachers
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.
Participants will learn strategies for modifying traditional labs and incorporating inquiry-based labs into their AP Biology Curriculum.
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.
- 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