Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Epicenter Lab (1/2) - Section 4: Practice


One thing I became increasingly cognizant of in observing another teacher is the importance of both group and individual work. In some respects, I've noticed deficiencies emerge in some students when they're tasked with an individual assignment (or assessment) after primarily doing the task in a collaborative, group, or partner setting. On the other hand, strong groups can effectively make mini-teaching groups all over the classroom - teaching is often the best way of learning something, and having partners work together not only helps build the content knowledge of each student, but also allows them to practice those ever-important social and collaborative skills. So in lesson like this, when they need to log a lot of "at bats" in a short period of time, I try my best to alternate between extended periods of both individual and group work. 

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Epicenter Lab (1/2)

Unit 2: The Dynamic Earth
Lesson 8 of 16

Objective: SWBAT calculate earthquake travel time and interpret a seismograph reading [LAB]

Big Idea: In the first day of this two-part lab, students calculate the lag time between the arrival of (fast) P-waves and (slow) S-waves in an earthquake to help determine how far away an earthquake occurred, and get some initial practice in reading and interpretin

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