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Interaction with Force, Mass, and Motion | Posted in Physical Science
In my physics classroom, we use both hands-on activities and pHet simulations. The hands-on activities provide concrete experience with the phenomena that my students are studying. The computer simulations help them further explore those concrete experience by looking at the phenomena a different way. For example, when study projectiles, I have students build mini-catapults and test how they work. They observe and describe how motion projectile motion looks. Then they follow up that activity with the pHet simulation in which they can more easily control variables so they can test the different factors that contribute to projectile motion.
Keeping Students Engaged | Posted in Elementary Science
I think along with Katherine said about engaging and hands-on activities, students interpret and understand new information well when they can connect what they learn back to something they are familiar with in real life. In other words, creating meaningful activities and asking purposeful questions that help students think about the subject outside of school terms is a great tool when teaching. I also like KWL charts and flow maps that can help the teacher evaluate if the students have gotten the "big picture" out of the lesson.
Guest Speakers in the Middle School Classroom | Posted in Next Generation Science Standards
I teach 7th grade life science from 8:40a-2:20p and have about 8 guest speakers a year.
I have found that most guest speakers are willing to stay all day and repeat themselves!! I usually provide them with water and lunch/snacks.
I have found that most guest speakers do not provide notes for students to take, so I ask for their PowerPoint before they come in order to create a student handout. My students are much more engaged when they have something to follow and take notes on.
Go for it! Guest speakers enrich the unit and experience!
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