Chris Leverington

I teach high school chemistry!




Williams Field High School

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Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:37 PM in Groupwork
Mary, Pretty much when I put them in their own group, I had a pretty straightforward discussion with them. They pretty quickly realize that their in the group of slackers. They then complain that it "isn't fair" that they are all in a group together. I ask them if it is "fair" for the other kids to have to have them in their group when they don't do anything? And then explain that I'm givin...

Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:35 PM in Groupwork
I did my graduate research on group work and collaborative learning.   I found that allowing them to pick their own groups was rarely effective.  I often had kids complain about their partners not pulling their weight and my response was "you picked them".  They generally pick their friends, without thinking about how that will affect them.   I tend to group students randomly 1st quarter.  T...

Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:35 PM in Biology novels
I love that the first book on the list of the "23 science books so exciting they read like fiction" is the Origin of Species by Darwin...I can tell you from firsthand experience, that that book is not exciting and does not read like fiction...its so dry and And that the first 6 or 7 books are "science fiction" or "Fantasy"