Reflection: Debate Welcome to My Museum (Part 1/3) - Section 8: Student Discussion: Sharing of Student Ideas from Challenge 2


Since this is the beginning of the year, it is important to set the tone of how to talk about science. I not only try to model how to talk about science with my students, but I also try to show my students how models in science develop over time. In this lesson, students will naturally see how the way animals were classified changed based on the changing definition of what an animal is.  

Typically, students disagree in their designs when we reach this part of the lesson. This would be a great time to have students practice discourse since it would be a non-threatening environment.

In this video, I explained why discourse is important and how a teacher can encourage a discussion that has stalled.  

  Debate: Encouraging Student Discourse
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Welcome to My Museum (Part 1/3)

Unit 1: Phylogeny and Taxonomy
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: Students will compare and contrast the thinking of Aristotle and Linnaeus in classifying organisms.

Big Idea: Today students will travel back in time to 1775 to become students of Carl Linneaus. There, he will assign them the task to remodel the museum created by his predecessor in 1700.

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