Reuse That Notebook!by: Elizabeth Lener

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How many scientists throw out their notebooks at the end of each year and start over no matter how many empty pages remain? How many of them approach a new research question or experiment without using knowledge gained from the previous years? The answer to each of these questions is of course, few if any, yet we ask our students to do that every year in science. This article describes how students can keep a notebook throughout grade levels as a reference. Having students use their notebooks in this way brings them closer to real science.

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  • on Thu May 12, 2011 10:12 PM

I really like the concept of notebooks following students throughout their elementary years. I like the idea of being able to go back and find specific information. I would use these notebooks to capture the growth in scientifc thinking as students develop their science ideas over the years. I felt this article just touched upon the potenial of these notebooks. It feels like a sequel is needed.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

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