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Science in Focus: Force and Motion
About the Workshops
1. Making an Impact
2. Drag
Races
3. When Rubber
Meets the Road
5. Keep on
Rolling
6. Force Against Force
7. The Lure of
Magnetism
MouseLab
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Channel-Talk

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Re: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

From: Jamie Kealey <jlkeale@k12.carr.org>
Date: Tue Apr 22 2008 - 09:58:45 EDT
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Hi...I believe this email was to be on another workshop's discussion
board, if not, I am totally confused...just finished final workshop and
I am writing my reflective paper. Are you just about done as well?
Have a great day!

>>> cwalsleben@cssd.org 4/20/2008 8:55 PM >>>
Workshop 6-Homework Assignment:
I'm not sure what they are asking for here -
Tape-record class discussion involving processing for meaning...Journal
how much you talk versus how much the students talk. Listen to the
nature of the students' discussions. Describe how they share, debate,
construct reasonable explanations, and make connections. Prepare a
5-minute excerpt that raises an interesting challenge or real success in
facilitating dicsussion - bring to next session to share.

I think I've done this processing for meaning by using an activity
called A-B-C where students list words from their 6th grade Earth
Science class (to help them review for 8th grade exam). In pairs,
students make a list of words from each of the letters of the alphabet.
They then choose a pair of words and create a connection. For example,
fossil is connected to rock because some rocks have fossils in them.
Students work together to generated the ABC list and to make at least 4
more connections using different pairs of words. I can hear the students
helping each other try to remember the vocab and concepts they learned
from Earth Science. They sometimes get confuses and try to use life
science words. I make a game out of it and the first 5 teams that finish
get a prize. They have a lot of fun helping each other and trying to be
the first team to complete the activity.

________________________________

From: Walsleben, Chris
Sent: Sun 4/20/2008 8:44 PM
To: Discussion list for SCIENCE IN FOCUS: FORCE AND MOTION;
channel-talkforce@learner.org
Subject: RE: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

I've just completed viewing Workshop #6 of Force & Motion.

A few groups questions:

Share Homework: Discuss sample of students' work. Does it rep.
students' own data collection or was it copies from somewhere or someone
else? Who organized the data or information, and how well was that done?
Is there evidence that the students used the data? How might students
use it if they have not already?

Most of our labs are student generated data. Students completed several
hands-on labs for each unit using their own results. The data table,
however, is usually set up already so it is already organized. The
students use their data to answer questions but they don't always seem
to fully understand or are unable to make clear connections. I feel the
labs are good but the students need a hand in creating the experiments.
This may help them to internalize the data and synthesize the meaning of
the data.

Pre and Post viewing of the video: What would you expect to see in an
inquiry classroom when students process for meaning?

Before viewing the video - When students process for meaning I would
expect to see that they see the relationships easier because they are
directing their learning and sometimes even make up their own questions.
They process at their own pace so synthesizing can occur successfully. I
would expect to see students toward the end of their experiements coming
up with questions for additional inquiry.

Post viewing - Students were asked to predice how much force it would
take to pull magnets apart. Students were given a PURPOSE FOR LEARNING.
They were also given a chance to make PREDICTIONS before they performed
their experiment - giving them a chance to prove themselves right. Upon
completing the experiment students were given a chance to access their
results thereby clearing up any misconceptions they may have had about
the scientific concepts being presented.

Also, post - Add anything that has sparked your thinking about
processing for meaning? What challenges would you find and how would you
address them.

I think it would be great to teach every scientific concept using the
inquiry process. Student-directed learning is preferred to
teacher-directed. However, using inquiry to teach all concepts would be
unrealistic due to the length of time it will take. To address this I
would choose carefully which labs are most important to do as inquiry.
In addition, I would try to make each lab as close to full-inquiry as
possible.

________________________________

From: channel-talkforce-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Jamie Kealey
Sent: Tue 4/8/2008 8:23 AM
To: channel-talkforce@learner.org
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

I agree with Kristen. A great, fun video that details what the world
would be without friction is an old Magic School Bus. I believe it is
called "Frictionless Sports". If you can get a copy, it is worth
watching.

>>> Kristen.Levy@pwssd.k12.wi.us 4/7/2008 12:09 PM >>>
Re: A World without Friction:

Here are some things I brainstormed:

Our world would be in chaos. We would not be able to drive, ride
bikes, walk etc. Friction allows us to grip with the ground so that
we
can begin moving. If we were able to somehow move without friction,
stopping then would become an issue. Friction ensures that we will
stop. An object that is in motion tends to stay in motion unless
acted
upon by a force. Without friction, we would continue moving until we
hit another massive object.

Finally, friction is essential to life on earth. One key type of
friction is air resistance. Without air resistance, we would no
longer
have an atmosphere. Life cannot exist in a vacuum.

I hope that helps,

Kristen

-----Original Message-----
From: channel-talkforce-bounces@learner.org
[mailto:channel-talkforce-bounces@learner.org]On Behalf Of Walsleben,
Chris
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 10:31 AM
To: Discussion list for SCIENCE IN FOCUS: FORCE AND MOTION
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

I will look over my notes and get back to you on questions.
The only one that stumped me was - What would the world be like
without
friction?

________________________________

From: channel-talkforce-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Jamie Kealey
Sent: Mon 4/7/2008 10:41 AM
To: channel-talkforce@learner.org
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

Good, I don't feel too behind. I will do some work in the next few
days
to catch up. So far, so good with me. I teach several of these
concepts so I feel very comfortable, how about you? I do have a
question, however. Since I am working on this alone, I am writing all
my response to questions (homework, discussion, etc) and I am planning
on sending this in as part of my journal. Is this acceptable? I am
doing this to show reflection in leu of a discussion with a group.
Let
me know what you think. Thanks!

>>> cwalsleben@cssd.org 4/4/2008 5:10 PM >>>
I about in the same place - I think I'm up to workshop 4 already but
may have to re-review it because it has been a couple of weeks.

________________________________

From: channel-talkforce-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Jamie Kealey
Sent: Fri 4/4/2008 10:14 AM
To: channel-talkforce@learner.org
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

Hi Chris...glad to hear that we are in the same boat. I am getting a
late start but I am about to begin workshop 3. Where are you in the
process? I also teach physical science, as well as chemistry at the
middle school level. Glad to hear we can help eachother through the
process.

Jamie

>>> cwalsleben@cssd.org 4/3/2008 4:09 PM >>>

yes, I am taking the workshop/course for credit and would like to
share/discuss thoughts about what I've learned with you.
Thanks, Chris Walsleben
8th grade Physical Sci teacher at Central Square Middle School,
Central
Square, NY

________________________________

From: channel-talkforce-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Jamie Kealey
Sent: Thu 4/3/2008 11:35 AM
To: channel-talkforce@learner.org
Subject: [Channel-talkforce] New Member

Hello, my name is Jamie and this is my first workshop, and my first
time
using channel-talkforce. I am an individual taking the Forces and
Motion workshop and would like to connect with others to discuss the
activities. Please email if you are also an individual, or if there
is
a group I could share some thoughts with.

Thanks,
Jamie
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