With today coming to an end, we have two classes left of Summer A. Holy cow, does time fly or what?
In seminar we were not on the same page in terms of location…
We were on the same page reading over the NGSS and Framework K-12. We first perused the sites individually and then with our specific projects in mind. There is a lot of text on these sites, and some of them can get really, really, really, really repetitive… But it is a helpful resource for when we will be designing our own lessons. So read up everyone!
Snack as officially hit critical mass. When everyone goes all out for snack, it all accumulates, especially the
Oreos Warner Biscuits. Those are everywhere. If I am in this class and I don’t see a pack of Warner Biscuits, I will question all of reality.
Today’s Topic of the Day was the messiness of science. There were two main interpretations of the word “messy”: One was how data has a tendency to not support or disprove your hypothesis as cleanly as we would like, and then there was literal messiness. If you’re gonna get real, you’re gonna have to get a bit messy.
Our do now seemed simple, but required us to synthesize everything we have learned so far. We defined “science” and “literacy” in the old sense and in the new sense (old being before this class, new being now). We also defined “scientific literacy.” By now we all definitely have a solid answer and one that is very different from what we started with.
With our CC’s (Collaborative Conversations) coming up really soon, we spent a good chunk of our class time practicing our dry runs. A few of us thought that our presentations were going to be very scientific and be an explanation of our hypothesis and our data. Turns out, it’s not going to be too much about the nitty gritty. It is better to be broad and engaging, using props, pictures, and any other method to get the group engaged in what you have to say. We’re going to have the floor for six minutes, so we have to keep them hooked. The three minutes for clarifying question will be the audience’s time to ask us about the specifics.
The four big points: 1. Be interactive. 2. Be broad first then specific later. 3. Make the audience ponder some question. 4. Be invested, be emotional about your work.
In teacher time, we were taken to school on logistics for our final paper. In no particular order:
1. We have to label figures correctly. This means using (Fig.1) right after the sentence that references the figure, then putting that figure right under or over it (at the very least, put it very close to that sentence.
2. Remember to support the claims that are made in the paper by citing the proper resources.
3. Write in a formal tone. This means no contractions. Do not use contractions. See how I am not using contractions.
4. Keep the verb tenses consistent.
One big push until the end. We can do it! Let’s go to Seneca Park Zoo and drop some scientific inquiry on the masses. Ok? OK!
And next up for the blog posts is… actually, I’m not sure. I was the last one. Seriously, where did the time go?!