Reflection: Modeling Properties of Waves: Making Waves Visible - Section 4: Student Demonstrations


In my lesson, I have provided a blank notes page as well as a teacher note page that is completely filled in.  I like to give what I call "un-notes" (A student actually is the one that came up with this name because they are so different from traditional notes).  Instead of giving the students a blank page of notes to take, I include all the definitions on their page already.  Instead of this being "notes", I like to give them a resource that they can use to find definitions and terms.  In between the vocabulary on the notes, I include sections in which students have to develop their own understanding of the concept through modeling, demonstrating, drawing, etc.  These sections of the "un-notes" page, the students fill in.  My feeling is this:  If the information on the page came straight from me (ie a definition), then I might as well type it for them because it was my thought anyway.  Not typing it just could mean that students do not write the information correctly or clearly.  However, if the information is learning or understanding created by the student, I have them write that portion of the "un-notes".  So, during this lesson, I provide the students with a copy of the notes with all the definitions filled in, but all of the demonstration sections blank.  Here are my Un-Notes: Introduction to Waves that I provide for the students.

The other benefit to this concept is that it promotes a short discussion and then kinesthetic movement every 5 - 10 minutes where students are actually seeing and touching their own learning. Connection and focus dramatically improve with this model verses 20 minutes of sitting and listening/writing definitions.

  Modeling: Consider Using "Un-Notes" and Models Verses Traditional Notes
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Properties of Waves: Making Waves Visible

Unit 1: Waves: An Introduction and Exploration of Wave Properties
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to identify that there are various types of waves with properties that are similar and different, identify properties of waves and create models that demonstrate relationships.

Big Idea: Wave properties need to be visible to students to promote understanding. Use tuning forks, rope springs, and slinkies to model waves and their properties!

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