My school is discussing a new schedule for next year~ something that would cut off 5 minutes each day from our teaching. We're trying to defend ourselves now and tell the school the sci dept can't deal with MORE time loss because we're an inquiry based curriculum. Right now we have 45 minutes and its NOT enough. Also, I have my students 1 day less per cycle because of another class they have to take during that time. For my lessons, I try to have some kind of skills practice EVERY time. That means we'll do a regular lecture, but during that time they need to observe things and write in their science notebooks, discuss what they observed (analyze), and conclude the main idea~ which helps me to not just shove it down their throats. For 5th graders, this can alot alot of trial and error--- I'm the type of teacher that does not ask them "do you notice this change in this feature? what does that mean", I'm more a "Observe this, write your notes in your notebook, and we'll discuss" only after we do this and they STILL don't get it will I nudge them in a direction. As scientists we don't have anybody else nudging us on the right path-- my students should get the same experience too. (Or at least that's what I think) I'm wondering if you teach science--- and this can be any grade level--- and its inquiry-based, how much time to a lesson do you dedicate? This includes time to prep them, discuss, set-up, do the experiment, collect data, and break down in one class. We're thinking its alot longer than even what we already have and we're sorta upset that they're trying to take away even more time from us.