Reflection: Rules and Consequences Mixtures: Characteristic Properties - Phase Change (day 1) - Section 5: Obtain and Carry out a Plan


Over and over when I work with teachers using technology, I see the lessons fail for one main Using computers adds an additional layer to the classroom that involves more thinking and planning rather than less.

The good news is that the same structures that work in the regular classroom, will also work in the technology class room.

1.  Have an anchor chart of rules and norms.

2. Address the norms before students use the technology.

3. Make sure that students are aware of the success criteria and the consequences.


One additional challenge that is different, is the set up of the classroom.  If I am using technology for the entire period I prefer to work in a computer lab where the students face desktops and I can see all the screens.  This makes management a breeze because I can easily see what students are doing and immediately react.  This tends to have the effect of focusing students on the task.

If students are using laptops, you have to be committed to walking around the room and constantly monitoring productivity.  Many teachers make the mistake of thinking, "Well the students will be engaged because they are on the computer."  Sadly this is not true.  The students will be more engaged in doing their own IMing, emailing, and other things rather than the task at hand.  

  Making computers work in your class.
  Rules and Consequences: Making computers work in your class.
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Mixtures: Characteristic Properties - Phase Change (day 1)

Unit 8: Mixtures: Characteristic Properties
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: Students will use a computer simulation to understand the particle model of matter.

Big Idea: Particles move around and spread out as energy is added.

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Science, density, solids, liquid, gas, mixture, property
  48 minutes
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