Reflection: Data Analysis Day Two of Plaid Pete is Going Down! - Section 3: Guided Exploration


Data & Research on Brain Based Learning

20 minutes - that's it.  That's about as long as a good chunk of the students in my 5th grade classroom can sit in their desks and listen.  (I am probably deluding myself - because half of my students have tuned me out after about 4-8 minutes).  That doesn't include the "turn and talks" that I provide when I am teaching.  I really try to do those at least every 8-10 minutes - maximum.  Even if I have a lesson that I absolutely must deliver in one chunk - we will get up and run out the back door to the grassy area for a few minutes, or if it is raining or snowing, stand at our desks and do the hokey pokey. These kiddos have to move!  

When standards, pacing guides, and required assessments are pressing down on teachers - it's hard to remember that they are just kids.  But, they are just kids.  They can't sit still that long, and their brains quit working anyway.  One of my absolute favorite sources of information on this subject is Eric Jensen.  I pay attention to his research because he addresses issues that have huge implications for my classroom:  attention; poverty; memory, and a host of others.  It is important to pay attention to the research - not just my own research of "I think this works" but, the cold, hard, data.  Data tells the true story.

  Attention and Brain Based Learning
  Data Analysis: Attention and Brain Based Learning
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Day Two of Plaid Pete is Going Down!

Unit 5: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: SWBAT explain that the orbit of the moon around the Earth is due to Earth's gravitational pull and greater mass.

Big Idea: Why does the moon orbit the Earth? Students engage in an investigation that leads them to understand the force of Earth's gravity on the moon.

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