Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Funny Fabric-Fancy Forms - Section 3: Individual Instruction


Science models can be such a dry subject for some people, not always particularly motivating.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that sometimes, all it takes is a beautiful visual to show people the potential and spur them to learn more.   It reminds me of a photography book I saw recently.   It focused on very close up images of every day things like a leaf, bumpy glass..and fabric.  For most people, it’s easy to see beauty in a flower of the grain of wood.  But a piece of fabric?  Not so much.  So when we give our students an opportunity to use a few different senses (sight, touch, smell) to closely examine fabric, we give them the opportunity to discover the beauty in Science.  This beauty is often all people need to find that intrinsic motivation and reason for learning.  The students become scientists when we allow them to create a model that looks right to them and reflects their individual perspective.  Sure, we give them a few parameters (it is, after all, a Science lesson!), but for all that, the finished product is all theirs.  And the beauty- literally- of that is they are wholly vested in both the process and the product.  

  Make Models Fun!
  Intrinsic Motivation: Make Models Fun!
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Funny Fabric-Fancy Forms

Unit 13: Funny Fabric
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: Students will create a quilt based model that compares different forms of fabric.

Big Idea: How is fabric different?

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