Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Science in Focus: Shedding Light: About This Workshop

Site Discussion

Helpful Hints for Successful Investigations

Included in the materials for each workshop you will find detailed instructions for the content of your Getting Ready and your Going Further Site Investigations. The following hints are intended to help you and your colleagues get the most out of these pre- and post-video discussions.

Designate a Facilitator

Each week, one person should be responsible for facilitating the Site Investigations (or you might select two people -- one to facilitate Getting Ready, the other to facilitate Going Further). The facilitator does not need to be the Site Leader, nor does it need to be the same person(s) each week. We recommend that participants rotate the role of facilitator on a weekly basis.

Review the Site Investigations and Bring the Necessary Materials

Be sure to read over the Getting Ready and Going Further sections of your materials before arriv-ing at each workshop. The Site Investigations will be the most productive if you and your col-leagues come to the workshops prepared for the discussions. A few of the Site Investigations require special materials. The facilitator should be responsible for bringing these when necessary. You will need these materials for Workshop 1.

Keep an Eye on the Time

Thirty minutes go by very quickly, and it is easy to lose track of the time. You should keep an eye on the clock so that you are able to get through everything before the workshop video begins. You may want to set a small alarm clock or kitchen timer before you begin the Getting Ready Site Investigation to ensure that you won't miss the beginning of the video. (Sites that are watching the workshops on videotape will have more flexibility if their Site Investigations run longer than expected.)

Record Your Discussions

We recommend that someone take notes during each Site Discussion, or, even better, that you make an audiotape recording of the discussions each week. These notes and/or audiotape can serve as "make-up" materials in case anyone misses a workshop.

Share Your Discussions on the Internet

The Site Investigations are merely a starting point. We encourage you to continue your discussions with a Light Buddy and with participants from other sites on the discussion area of the Web site and on Channel-Talk, the workshop email discussion list.


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