Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Collecting Data for Change Over Time - Section 3: Active Engagement


Many of my students struggled with the idea of measuring the curve of the stem and beginning from the tip of the radicle and the leaf. I worked with many groups on the idea that the curve is part of the length, without telling them how to measure the curve. 

As I interjected responses and probing questions about this, I was looking for the children to struggle with their answers, which they did.  This can be uncomfortable for teachers at times.  We are made to help students "understand" and "do it right".  However, we must allow them to grapple and struggle.  

When they do, they learn from their journey and internalize the learning. 

  This Is Tricky!
  Grappling with Complexity: This Is Tricky!
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Collecting Data for Change Over Time

Unit 2: Structures of Life: Seeds
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to devise a way to consistently and safely measure growing seeds in order to track change over time.

Big Idea: Accurately measuring an item that is not a straight line is a new concept for students. Rather than tell them what to do, today we will explore ideas and create strategies together.

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Science, problem solving, scientific drawing, descriptive details
  50 minutes
germination process
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