Reflection: Rigor STEM & Light - Day 1 - Section 4: Research:


Questioning allows our students to be autonomous, engaged and more confident in their learning. When we teachers allow our students to question and wonder we allow them to be a part of the thinking and learning process. The role of the teacher is more of a guide or mentor supporting our students ideas and thoughts while tying in our rigorous standards. 

Katrina Schwartz suggests, "...If students are engaged in deciding what question to answer they will also be invested in discovering the answer."

Schwartz also lays out the rules from an excerpt of Make Just One Change

Rule 1: Ask As Many Questions as You Can

Rule 2: Do Not Stop to Discuss, Judge, or Answer Any Question

Rule 3: Write Down Every Question Exactly as It Is Stated

Rule 4: Change Any Statement into a Question

In this lesson I allow my students to develop questions or wonderings that will help guide the research needed to successfully plan and design a communication device. Many of these questions are guided however the students are 100% engaged in wondering and questioning.

  Why Ask Questions
  Rigor: Why Ask Questions
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STEM & Light - Day 1

Unit 2: Unit 2: Light Waves
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT to identify a communication problem and research possible solutions.

Big Idea: Can you solve problems? Let's research how light energy can help us to communicate with others!

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