Reflection: Lesson Planning What Are the Effects of Multitasking? - Section 2: Activity


Because groups will need to collect data from other students, it might be beneficial to assign tables as "partners" for the data collection process.  For example, I have 8 lab tables that are very creatively named tables 1 through 8.  To allow students to collect data efficiently, tables 1 and 8 will be partners.  Table 1 will conduct their experiment during the first day with the people from table 8 as their test subjects.  They switch roles during the second day.  On day 3, table 1 will be paired with table 4 and repeat the process.

I try to keep the timeline short and as firm as makes sense for students.  While I want students to have enough time to collect data, I don't want there to be so much time that they are able to fall off task as so often can happen during group work.  This method provides students the structure they need to stay focused.  Any data that is not collected during this time must be done by the students on their own time.

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What Are the Effects of Multitasking?

Unit 4: Information Processing
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT plan and carry out an experiment that answers the question "how does multitasking effect our work?"

Big Idea: Listening to music, doing jumping jacks, yelling at the dog while creating a play-doh model of the brain - students test the idea of multitasking!

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