Force and Motion: Stop Faking It!:

Learning About Constructivism!
The second Web Seminar on the topic of Stop Faking It! - Force & Motion was held on Thursday, June 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The session was presented by Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA Press book Stop Faking It! - Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It: Force & Motion.

The session started with a general overview of the Web Seminar tools and how they can be used to facilitate interaction between the participants and the presenter. Twenty-seven participants were present in addition to the presenter, Bill Robertson, and the NSTA staff. Educators represented the states of New York, Ohio, Kansas, Virginia, Oregon, Maine, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Mexico, and California.

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Bill talked about constructivism, the learning cycle, and how these two concepts can be applied to teaching science in the classroom. Bill used the topic of density, included in his book on Force & Motion, as context for the conversation. He started the session by doing a simulation of constructivism. This exercise served as a good refresher for those who had heard about constructivism and a perfect introduction to the topic to those who had not. Then he proceeded to introduce the idea of the learning cycle (explore, explain, elaborate) and how it fits into the familiar 5Es lesson design tool. The session ended with lots of examples and discussion on the topic.

Throughout the presentation there were several opportunities for interactions among the participants and presenter - answering a poll question, chatting, stamping, marking, and interacting verbally with each other.

Here is what some of the participants had to say at the end of the session:

  • "You provided us with an opportunity to explore the ideas, then explained why
    and the importance. Your activities allowed us to explore, pose questions, refine our thinking, pose additional questions, and struggle with visualize the
  • "This was great session. It was very informative."
  • "Great Web Seminar!! Bill's books are great! He is a super presenter!"

Thanks to the participants and Bill Robertson for a great evening learning about constructivism!

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