Teaching Beyond the Drool: Inquiry-based learning that inspires students to use their brains
So real life has its own problems, right? Sometimes they are little things that we can solve with a conversation or a well devised list. But other things take real planning, collaboration, and smarts to find the best way to get the best results. That’s what Teaching Beyond the Drool arts is all about.
This is what educators know about best practice:
Kids learn more when they work in productive, focused, organized collaborative groups. They are often more willing to participate, take chances, and complete their assignments in a productive manner when they are working with their peers.
Problem solving combines critical thinking, real world motivation, and higher level thinking skills in a way that kids feel like they are doing things for a real purpose.
Helping students build an inquiry mindset supports individual work, student-centered instruction, and allows kids to work with their strengths.
Interdisciplinary learning is just good teaching. No longer will you have kids claiming that can’t do math or that they hate writing. Solving these problems combines it all to allow students to use their strengths in a way which mitigates areas in which they struggle. Plus it is really fun to collaborate with different departments. You have to admit, it gets old having the same old department potlucks. Spice it up.
The inspiration behind this book is all those students just dying to use their brains. From CSI case files to zombie party planning, this book provides ideas to get those brains working.