Reflection: Rigor Can You Hear Me Now? - Section 1: Mr Watson, Come Here!


While rigor is always in the forefront of priorities when designing a lesson, I am always amazed at how personal connections help to bridge and lay foundations for thinking. In the middle of this opening, I realized that it was brilliant. I really didn't plan it. I just looked at my mom's toy phone and my cell phone and thought about how they hear about my mom and my family and that they love me. Therefore, this toy will intrigue them not only because that it's cool, but because it belongs to me. I was so glad I hadn't thrown out or recycled all those old cell phones ( I admit, it was pure laziness). You never know if you will need things for science!

Good teachers never plan brilliance in delivery. They just happen because good teachers love what they are teaching. Making a personal connection somehow to open the lesson shows love for the subject and makes the rigor much easier for students even with the greatest challenges, whether ESL or disabilities. They get hooked by personal connections! So, I encourage you to get out that old cell phone or toy phone and make connections first. I was rummaging around for my old princess phone that is in some box, but didn't find it!

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will discover how the telephone has been engineered over a period of time to enable better and more efficient communciation.

Big Idea: Students learn a little bit about the invention of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, explore old models of telephones and cell phones and explore the possibilities of the future.

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Science, Cell Phones, Sound, Light, light wave, circuit, history, Information Technologies and Instrumentation, Optimizing the Design Solution, telephone, reflection, light energy, eye, kaleidoscope
  55 minutes
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