Moon Journal Questions
The behavior of the Moon is a phenomenon that we have all experienced
during the entirety of our lives, but very few of us have spent time
thoughtfully observing its behavior. Think about it for a moment ....
When was the last time you saw the Moon? What did it look like? If you
went outside right now, would you be able to see the Moon? Where in
the sky would you look to find it? What would it look like? No matter
how much you already know about the Moon's behavior, there is always
something new to learn!
Throughout this workshop series, you are encouraged to learn about
the Moon by keeping a Moon Journal. This means simply going outside
several nights a week to observe the Moon, recording your observations
on a drawing, and reflecting on your observations in a journal. Your
recordings or data will become a path for you to follow as you look
for patterns in the Moon's behavior and build your knowledge both about
the Moon, and also about your own learning process.
In Workshop 1, you and your colleagues will be asked to develop a
Moon Chart to display the group's collective knowledge about the Moon.
The chart will grow and change over time as you gather new knowledge
through your observations of the Moon. Several times throughout the
series you will have an opportunity to discuss your findings with your
colleagues, but you are encouraged to update the Moon Chart weekly,
even when no specific Moon discussions are planned.
Experiencing the process of learning new content is a useful way to
reflect on your own personal beliefs about learning. As you progress
through the Moon Journal activity, think not only about what you are
learning, but how you are learning. Whether you teach first graders
or high school seniors, math or science, keeping a Moon Journal will
provide a shared experience that will enable you and your colleagues
to examine your own learning processes, and will lend insight into your
beliefs about how your students, and others, learn.
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