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From: David Pruden ([email protected])
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 15:53:59 EST

  • Next message: Jeff Shields: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] WORKSHOP 2 TIM O'KEEFE"

    One question I am asking myself after the first session is: Why might
    students misbehave and/or be bored with the hands on science I am providing?

    One answer to this may be that the science is hands on, but not as minds on.
      These students are very familiar with having their hands on and
    investigating, but because the investigations are pre-planned and very
    structured maybe the activities are not as intriguing to the students.
    Maybe the students see the investigations as simply activities, and not
    scientific exploration. If students were struggling with their own ideas
    and searching for answers to their own questions maybe I would have more buy
    in in my classroom.

    I have been using Research for Better Teaching's Activators and Summarizers
    activities with my students to try and keep them mentally engaged with the
    learning. Having students discuss ideas and summarize in their own words
    will hopefully allow them to own the concepts.

    How do I get them asking their own questions? That question is eating at me
    (in a healthy way). And them how do I allow them to investigate those
    questions in the confines of the classroom, materials, timeframe, etc?

    What primary sources can I use in my 6th grade classroom for physical
    science topics such as matter, mixtures and solutions and motion?
    The first grade classroom in the first video is a terrific example, but what
    about physical science in 6th grade? What are the primary sources availible
    for my students? newspapers, biographies of scientists, reference books?

    just some ideas from my first session...

    david pruden
    grade 6
    topsfield, ma
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