Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Star Crossed Charges pt 1 - Section 2: Whole Class Introduction


One of the challenges is adapting to the Next Generation Science Standards is how to evaluate what materials that were always successful in the classroom to keep as is, what needs modification, and what materials need to be replaced.  The Flinn POGIL book has been around for a while (the current edition is copyrighted in 2012) although I first bought it in fall of 2013. 

The criteria I have for keeping old materials is:

  • Does it provide an appropriate entry point for students to explore material?
  • Does it embody at least one of the Science and Engineering Practices?
  • Does it embody at least one of the Cross Cutting Concepts?


If the answer to any two of these criteria is yes, then I consider using the material as is -- such as in the case of this POGIL activity.  If only one of the criteria is present, then I consider if I can modify the activity to add another. 

If none of the criteria are present, then I need to either replace the learning material or determine if the content is even aligned with the disciplinary core idea.  If the content is aligned, then it gets filed as either "review materials" or "re-teaching materials" 

When the content is not aligned, it goes into my "Old Chemistry" binder and becomes an activity I can use for science club, or for the day after state testing to re-hook students.  In rare instances, it even gets thrown out, but as teachers tend to be pack rats, this is a worst case scenario.

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Star Crossed Charges pt 1

Unit 1: Atomic Structure
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT interpret models in terms of how the number of charges and distance between opposite charges affects attractive forces

Big Idea: Paper models help students understand Coulombic attraction between subatomic particles.

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