Reflection: Classroom Setup Doin' Science: Microwaved Water (Day 2 of 2) - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


This lesson had two goals. The second aspect of this lesson introduces my use of the "flipped classroom" approach to in-class lecture and the application of Cornell Notes formatting. I refer to the video lectures as "podcasts" by the way.

With regard to implementing a flipped classroom approach (to lecture), only a minority of students were able to successfully complete their Cornell Notes in a proper format. For some students, access to a composition book was an issue (finances), others struggled with translating the instructions (a communication issue), and others did not attempt to complete the task. In each respect, it is my response to addressing the challenges which will dictate whether students actually "get" the process and are able to use the process well for the entire year. So, like in any case where students fail to meet a standard, I reteach, retell, and go at it again!

In looking at Student samples 1 & 2, this first podcast entry is highlighted in the Table of Contents. This signifies that her first submission did not meet standard (a 3 on a 4-point scale) and she revised it. Her summary shows a combination of both detail and thorough response to what she learned from the podcast. She even earned extra credit due to achieving above and beyond the standard for a 4!

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Doin' Science: Microwaved Water (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 1: 1) Intro to Science ("Investigations by Design")
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to 1) understand the steps and process of the scientific method, 2) apply the process of the scientific method to various real-life phenomena and construct a valid conclusion (argument) based on evidence, and 3) evaluate the quality of an experiment, especially on the basis of reliability and validity.

Big Idea: Science, when used appropriately, can dispel myths that are not properly supported with solid evidence and sound reasoning. In this way, science can free an ever increasing technological society from ignorance and misunderstanding.

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