The 2013 Applying Inquiry Instruction in Grades K-5 will focus on learning how to teach all content areas through inquiry. The goal of the elementary academy will be to offer participants novel, constructivist approaches to teaching K-5 students to help teachers move away from being 'sages on the stage' and learning to become 'guides on the side'. Teachers will extend their knowledge of how to teach the VA Standards of Learning through meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for all children The sessions will incorporate differentiated strategies for teahers to take directly back to their classrooms for use next fall.
Julie Slykhuis has taught for 14 years in three different states. She is currently teaching third grade at W.H. Keister Elementary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Julie was named the 2007-2008 teacher of the year for W.H. Keister. Julie has completed instruction for gifted education, NETS*T technology certification, and SIOP ESL training.