Reflection: Complex Tasks Teaching Is Learning, Text Source Research, Day 2 - Section 3: Active Engagement


During these three lessons, I am working with students to go beyond copying text and illustrations in the name of research in order to help them analyze and apply the information they are researching. The notion that students will watch or read something and parrot it back is evidence of learning is incorrect. 

We must ask why they think something, work with them to rephrase and apply.  We must always ask why and then patiently wait for attempts to answer.  That answer may not come in the same lesson, as well.  

Asking why, furnishing tools and opportunities to gather information, and being patient in that learning is key to the success of building secure scientists.  

  Why Ask Why?
  Complex Tasks: Why Ask Why?
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Teaching Is Learning, Text Source Research, Day 2

Unit 2: Structures of Life: Seeds
Lesson 4 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to use printed text to add to their understanding about the parts of seeds.

Big Idea: These 3 lessons focus on the development of scientific process skills while exploring the content.

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Science, questioning, seeds, research skills, informational text, structures of life
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book research
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