I have been working on involving more open ended questioning in my classes – how can I better incorportate the ideas of inquiry and sustained inquiry in my teaching? The following is the re-working of a lab on the isomers of Butanol. By making this lab into more of a thought experiement students are more engaged in communicating their ideas and predictions – and we have less chemical waste too. I am playing with the ideas of argumentation and exploration. I use whiteboarding quite a bit for this process as students seems much more willing to write something down if they feel they can easily change it or erase it.
In this study students will look at how the change in climate is directly affecting the people and culture of the arctic. Students will examine information from Inuit organizations in Nunavut and... read more
The students will be given images of different locations that show before human impact on the natural environment, and how nature affects a similar location (e.g. flood). They will begin using the... read more
This student-centered inquiry consists of 2 parts to help make the concepts in climate change relevant and applicable to the student's lives. The first part is an inquiry using the scientific method... read more