Monday, July 20, 2015
7 Wonders of the World, 7 diatomic elements in their standard states, and 7 days left until camp!
The GRS cohort started this week off strong, with spirits held high as we enter our final week of preparation before camp week. We began our Monday with a little “As you enter” activity, posting our thoughts and ideas from our last set of readings.
We followed immediately with our reading discussion, sharing our ideas from our critical commentaries and teasing out what bringing meaningful, authentic science inquiry into the classroom might look like. Daniel shared his question about inquiry, asking, “Is this the only way to do it?” Ella intimated that authentic inquiry has many benefits, but might be deeper or more difficult than we can implement in the classroom. Ian pointed out the common pitfall of using models only as illustrations of a given theory or phenomenon, what Chinn and Malhotra (2001) call “simple illustrations.” Daniel also shared his question about working with colleagues who may not feel the same about science education. Andrea C. shared her thoughts on that question as well, saying that we need to validate the space that teachers are in, to allow them to work out transforming their beliefs into reality.
After our reading discussion, things were turned over to Sharon, who led us in an exciting tour through a bunch of energizers we may want to consider using for camp.
Our energizers included Fruit Salad (Watermelon, Watermelon, Pineapple, Pineapple, Banana Banana, Banana Banana, Fruit Salad Fruit Salad!), Juggling Oranges to learn names, finding out which way the great wind blows, Going a trip with Sharon, and even making animal signs/sounds. Energizers are sure to be an important part of what makes our camp culture fun and exciting, and fosters the development of a collaborative science team!
Lastly, we got down to some course business, had plenty of time to continue to work on our goals and objectives for camp, and started the important process of lesson planning. In a quick temperature check, most of us were actually reasonably calm about the state of the cohort before camp, for better or worse. We will find out soon enough whether our intuitions were correct! See you all next time!