Reflection: Classroom Setup Attack of the Superbugs! - Section 2: Setting the Stage: Explanation of the Exploratorium

 

I use exploratoriums throughout this unit so that we can cover a great deal of information in a short period of time. We have some equipment for culturing bacteria, but not enough for an entire class to use at once. To solve this problem, I set up unique individual stations at which a small group of students can work. 

My students are first introduced to the exploratorium/station concept when they are freshmen in my Earth Science class. They learned that they will have a set period of time at each station. They need to be aware that when the timer goes off that they need to rotate. They can always come back to the station when everyone is done and finish anything they have not quite completed. In addition, if I only plan to have an exploratorium up for one day.  I will allow students to come to the room at certain times (Learning Academy and Seminar) so they can finish any portion they do not have complete. This method has work best for me since I teach all of the science classes and all of these classes are considered lab classes. I need to keep a tight schedule when students are conducting labs. My room is not very large and if I try to set up more than one lab in a day, it can be very chaotic. We have to be careful because it is during the chaotic times that equipment gets broken or people get hurt.   

When designing an Exploratorium, I keep several criteria in mind. First, the stations need to be somewhat interactive. Students need to be doing something. Secondly, set-up and clean-up need to be quick and easy. This year because of our numbers, I am only teaching one section of each of my classes. Therefore, by the end of the period, all equipment needs to be put away if another lab in another class is planned. Finally, exploratorium need to teach necessary skills that students can apply later. They need to allow students to analyze research or data sets that can make their understanding of a concept more sophisticated. 

 

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Attack of the Superbugs!

Unit 3: Bacteria
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: Using antibiotics resistance as a model, the student will explain how living things adapt for optimum survival through natural selection.

Big Idea: Do you really need to finish all the antibiotics that your doctor prescribes? Find out today.

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Biology / Life Science, Science, Evolution, natural selection (Evolution), Data Use and Analysis, cause and effect, bacteria, Constructing Explanation and Designing Solutions, Analyzing and interpreting data
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