Reflection: Complex Tasks Spaceship Earth: Concept evaluation (4 of 5) - Section 3: Understanding human colonization


Complex tasks challenge students' attention and focus.  Task analysis is one method that can help support students' ability to remain committed to a complex task that cannot be completed in a single class period.  Teaching students how to break down a complex task into manageable subtasks creates a revitalizing series of small successes for students that might otherwise give up.  Moreover, asking students to engage in task analysis often reveals students' misunderstandings about the steps needed to complete a complex task.  Often students arrive in secondary classrooms with a history of teacher-centered classroom cultures that explicitly required students to follow a linear sequence of steps to arrive at solutions.  By the 11th grade, students need to break this habit.  Task analysis is one move to help students support their own growth by determining a learning personalized learning pathway that works for them.

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  Complex Tasks: Scaffolding persistence
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Spaceship Earth: Concept evaluation (4 of 5)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) describe a consequence of the human colonization of Earth; 2) select evidence that will support a claim about potential resource management strategies; and 3) define the subtasks required to complete complex tasks.

Big Idea: The concept of Spaceship Earth can be used as an analytic framework that has wide ranging implications for humans' approach to management of the Earth. How might we develop management strategies that minimize the influence of human colonization of Earth?

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Science, Statistics, field work, Community Mapping, engineering design thinking
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