So, I never quite got to the reason for the title on the last post…. and sure enough it was an apt title for this day too… if you could see the teacher editions of the agenda for both days you would immediately understand the titles. We do plan, and needless to say, probably over plan. And so I shouldn’t be surprised when we need to make changes to the agenda, slashing and burning things we really hoped to accomplish. “Never do today, what you can put off for tomorrow”… hmmm, a dangerous philosophy but sometimes one necessary to adopt.
We met at the Beach at Charlotte. We opened with two questions: What’s in that water? What’s on the other side of that water? Folks were able to create a whole list of what is in the water: plants and animals, bacteria, dissolved gases; water; possibly sewage, pollution, farm runoff-fertilizers and pesticides; sand, silt, clay (giving it the brown color); water from the Genesee River. There was quite a bit of agreement on the other question…Canada… but Sharon also wrote “me”. This intrigued me. I asked her to clarify. She explained that since the world was round, if she kept going, she would get right back to where she was!
We sent the groups out for some initial observations of the river and the lake. They were given a time limit of 20 minutes. But were also instructed that they would get a bigger chunk of time to go out later to do data collection.
Upon their return we did some “taping mania” of the handouts from the last class that never got into journals. We had a reading discussion. The general consensus: “science is a unique hybrid”; folks are reconceptualizing the whole notion and process of science; and it would be a great practice to work with other disciplines when charting the course of future education in our schools; diverse perspectives are important; surrounding oneself with like minded peers is important (not necessarily ones that only agree with everything you say and think, but those with similar ideas about what teaching and learning are.
Sean read the legend about Agassiz observation of fish story day 1 in field we passed out pencils and sent the groups back into the field with the tasks: formulate your plan of action for your investigation; decide where and when you will collect data; walk the pier (it is a half-mile long); start to author your group’s investigable question; gather data.
When we regrouped we briefly discussed the design plan, to be done on a google doc by the group and submitted by noon the day of the next class. We shared some what did we learn today ideas, and headed home.