Pogil - Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

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    • Students who are part of an interactive community are more likely to be successful.

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    • Students learn better when they are working together in self-managed teams.

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    •  A discovery-based team environment energizes students.

    • Working through a POGIL activity
    • Students are fully engaged in content material.

    • Facilitation in a large class at the Universtity of Washington in Seattle, WA
    • Cooperative learning fosters positive attitudes toward subject matter.

    • POGIL in action
    • Learning is not a solitary task.

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    • Knowledge is personal. Students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over material given the opportunity to construct their own understanding.

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What is POGIL?

POGIL is an acronym for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning.

POGIL originated in college chemistry departments in 1994; there are now well over 1000 implementers in a wide range of disciplines in high schools and colleges around the country.

POGIL uses guided inquiry – a learning cycle of exploration, concept invention and application – as the basis for many of the carefully designed materials that students use to guide them to construct new knowledge.  

POGIL is a student-centered strategy; students work in small groups with individual roles to ensure that all students are fully engaged in the learning process.

POGIL activities focus on core concepts and encourage a deep understanding of the course material while developing higher-order thinking skills.

POGIL develops process skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication through cooperation and reflection, helping students become lifelong learners and preparing them to be more competitive in a global market.

Upcoming Events

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    • National Conference for Advanced POGIL Practitioners (NCAPP)
    • Mon 06/26/17 – Wed 06/28/17
    • Allentown, PA
    • 3 Days Private Meeting
    • This conference is designed for POGIL practitioners to gather together and share ideas, challenges and struggles...
    • 1-day Introduction to POGIL
    • Sun 07/09/17
    • Baltimore, MD
    • 1 Day Public Workshop
    • This workshop is part of the Computer Science Teacher's Association Conference and only open to conference...
    • 2017 POGIL North Central Regional Workshop
    • Mon 07/10/17 – Wed 07/12/17
    • St. Paul, MN
    • 3 Days Public Workshop
    • The POGIL Project's 3-day Regional Workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with a...
    • 2017 POGIL Southwest Regional Workshop
    • Wed 07/12/17 – Fri 07/14/17
    • Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • 3 Days Public Workshop
    • The POGIL Project's 3-day Regional Workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with a...
    • 2017 POGIL Northeast Regional Workshop
    • Mon 07/17/17 – Wed 07/19/17
    • Baltimore, MD
    • 3 Days Public Workshop
    • The POGIL Project's 3-day Regional Workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with a...
    • Writing POGIL Activities - a 4-day, 30-hour, 3 graduate credit course
    • Mon 07/17/17 – Thu 07/20/17
    • Seattle , WA
    • 4 Days Public Workshop
    • As teachers move toward fuller adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards and/or the Common Core...
    • 2017 POGIL Southern Regional Workshop
    • Mon 07/17/17 – Wed 07/19/17
    • Memphis, Tennessee
    • 3 Days Public Workshop
    • The POGIL Project's 3-day Regional Workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with a...
    • 2-Day Private Writing Workshop - NYS Master Teachers - Capital Region
    • Mon 07/17/17
    • Albany, NY
    • 1 Day Private Workshop
    • This is Day 2 of a 2-day writing workshop. Participants will write POGIL activities aligned to...
    • 2017 POGIL Northwest Regional Workshop
    • Tue 07/25/17 – Thu 07/27/17
    • Portland, Oregon
    • 3 Days Public Workshop
    • The POGIL Project's 3-day Regional Workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with a...
    • 1-Day Private Introduction to POGIL Workshop - Cristo Rey Columbus
    • Wed 08/02/17
    • Location Not Specified
    • 1 Day Private Workshop
    • This workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits...
    • 1-Day Private Introduction to POGIL Workshop - Killeen ISD
    • Thu 08/03/17
    • Killeen , TX
    • 1 Day Private Workshop
    • This workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits...
    • 1-day Introductory Workshop - Washington State University
    • Wed 08/16/17
    • Pullman, WA
    • 1 Day Private Workshop
    • This workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits...
    • 1-Day Introductory Workshop - NYS Master Teachers Mid-Hudson Region
    • Sat 10/21/17
    • New Paltz, NY
    • 1 Day Private Workshop
    • This workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits...
    • 1/2 day Introduction to POGIL - Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition
    • Sun 11/12/17
    • Plainsboro, NJ
    • 1 Day Public Workshop
    • This workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits...