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Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] Session 1

From: Teresa Eastburn <eastburn@ucar.edu>
Date: Thu Mar 15 2007 - 00:09:50 EDT
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Hi Stacy,

I'm not in the class that you are taking right now, but for some reason I am on the list serve.
I'm starting to wish I was in the class! Can you tell me what class you're in, the website
where I can learn about it, and also who's offering it.

Thanks much!

Teri Eastburn
Educator, UCAR/NCAR

----- Original Message -----
From: "strickland-stacy" <strickland-stacy@harris.k12.ga.us>
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:31 pm
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] Session 1

> Hi Neal, thanks. I would love to have someone to chat with also!
> That would be great.
>
> On the video . . .
> I too learned from the viewing of this video. Even though I took a
> Geology class as an undergraduate, it was several years ago, so
> some information was familiar and other was new. One thing that
> stood out to me immediately was that the soil is a vital part of
> our existence. We could not grow food without it, and that is
> really not something I have ever thought much about. I guess I
> just took it for granted, so it brought it to the forefront for me.
> Also, I really liked seeing the activities they used - both the
> class and the activities that the hosts did. The activity that the
> teacher did with his class where he used a soil auger is very
> similar to one that designed and did with my class this year. We
> used a soil auger to take soil samples and the students had to
> observe the samples and describe what types of materials they found
> in the soil. They also were responsible for analyzing the soil's
> color, smell, texture, appearance, etc. The kids seemed to get a
> lot out of it and they really enjoyed it. The only problem that we
> ran into was that we are in GA and our soil here is very compacted,
> very hard, GA red clay. It was really hard to get a good sample
> because the soil is SO hard. I had to almost SIT on the auger to
> get it to go into the soil! In the video, the soil looked very
> rich.
>
> On the reading . . .
> I have only read the concept mapping article at this point and I am
> also a fan of concept maps. However, one thing that I have found
> is that when there are student misconceptions, concept mapping
> doesn't really help the students to correct the misconceptions.
> Sometimes, it may not even show up in the mapping of a concept.
> That is a downside, as teaching a concept is difficult when we are
> unaware of what our students are thinking.
>
> I know I am cutting this short, but I have a grade level meeting.
> I'll write more about the reading when I get back! Thanks for the
> chats! I look forward to hearing more from you on our videos!
>
> Stacy Strickland
> HCCMS, Special Education
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: channel-talkearthspace-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Neal
> UteschSent: Wed 3/14/2007 12:37 PM
> To: Discussion list for ESSENTIAL SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS: EARTH
> ANDSPACESCIENCESubject: Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] Session 1
>
>
>
> Just some thoughts on the article from session 1 and some thoughts
> on the video from session 1, let me know what you think.
>
> Article Thoughts...
>
> I enjoyed the reading on concept mapping, even though I have a
> great deal of experience with using concept maps in my classroom.
> A lot of the work that we do on my plant unit for my science class
> that I teach deals with plant processes and anatomical parts of a
> plant. With that, I like to use a lot of concept maps or graphic
> organizers to help the students better understand the different
> processes that we are learning about. I think that it helps kids
> to understand better the link between parts and how one process may
> help lead to another process. I think that concept mapping can be
> a great way for kids to organize their thoughts on a topic and to
> help them organize them so that they make sense to them when they
> read them back. They are a great note taking tool when it comes to
> things that can be many parts to make a whole. I particularly like
> it when it comes to explaining the different parts of the plant
> cell and how they all contribute to help make the plant cell work.
> It helps kids to distinguish the different roles of the parts in
> the plant cell.
> Concept maps can also be used as a great way to study and
> memorize information with a lot of parts. The students can learn
> how to scaffold information so that each bit of the map before it
> builds onto the next bit of the map. I like the ideas in the
> article that suggest that sometime students can use linking words
> to help them in their concept maps. This may also help clarify the
> purpose of the information that is in the map for the students
> later when they are reading it to themselves or studying it. The
> key words or linking words can be simple, but meaningful to the
> link between the concepts on the map. These are links between
> concepts that can link different segments of knowledge on the maps.
> I also like the idea that concept maps can be polished by re-
> positioning information to make the map more user friendly for the
> reader. The flexibility of the concept map gives the student
> ownership and the freedom to make a mistake, because they can fix it.
> The idea that concept maps can be a pre-test type of
> information for a student is a good one. It helps the students
> visualize where the unit is going and what they are expected to get
> from it as they study. It helps them to organize how and when they
> want to study certain concepts or material and when they should
> expect to know the information. It is also used as a good review
> guide at the end of the unit to remind students of the ideas that
> they learned about.
>
> Thoughts on the video and session 1 in general...
>
> The first section dealing with soil formation was really good. I
> learned a few things that I did not already know and I was able to
> apply those things that I learned to my concept map that I created
> on the question: "What is Soil?" This is a question that would
> seem fairly easy to answer, but with the information from the
> video, I realized that a lot more goes into the making of soil than
> the average person would care to take notice to. I think that the
> idea of using concept maps is a good idea. They could prove to be
> a valuable tool for students who have a hard time making
> connections with difficult topics. Something that I have always
> had a difficulty with was the difference between chemical and
> physical weathering, but by putting the concepts of both into a
> concept map, it helps me to visually make the connections between
> the two and distinguish the differences and similarities. I
> enjoyed learning about how volcanoes directly impact the
> replenishment of soil on our Earth and how when you take a soil
> sample, you can investigate what makes the soil simply with the use
> of your senses. You can touch and see the soil and make some
> conclusions on how it originated and what exist in the soil sample
> that you take.
> Some ideas that I am going to take to my classroom to use
> with my students will be the concept mapping idea. Letting the
> students explore a concept and then map it out and make the
> connections, rather than the same old multiple choice test
> questions. If done correctly with modeling and expectations, I
> think that it can be used as a valuable assessment tool for
> students understanding. I will also take the idea of how to
> investigate soil samples and how to help students determine what is
> in their soil sample by giving them the knowledge of using their
> senses.
> Let me know what you think and I would love to continue discussions
> on each of the units with you.
>
> Neal Utesch
>
>
>
> >>> "strickland-stacy" <strickland-stacy@harris.k12.ga.us>
> 3/14/2007 7:48 am >>>
> Thanks Neal, I too am further along in the sessions, but haven't
> had anyone to start any discussions with. What kind of luck have
> you had getting your hands on the homework reading that goes along
> with the sessions? I have not been able to find them anywhere.
>
> Stacy Strickland
> HCCMS, Special Education
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: channel-talkearthspace-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Neal
> UteschSent: Wed 3/14/2007 10:37 AM
> To: channel-talkearthspace@learner.org
> Subject: Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] Session 1
>
>
>
> I am on session 6 right now, but I haven't posted any discussions
> on any
> of the sessions yet. I will certainly discuss session 1 with you
> if you
> want.
>
> Neal Utesch
> SB-L, 6th Grade
>
> >>> "strickland-stacy" <strickland-stacy@harris.k12.ga.us> 3/13/2007
> 8:01 pm >>>
> Is there anyone out there to discuss Session 1?
>
> Stacy Strickland
> HCCMS, Special Education
>
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