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 a grade 9 academic classroom setting I made a few assumptions based on prior experience - 1) students generally are well adept at information retrieval and have had some exposure to science... read more
Food labels often contain the word "fortified". This means that one or more ingredients have been added that are not normally found in that food item. The purpose is to increase the amount of that... read more
Categories: Lab/Student Activity
Students work in small groups to design, build, and test a speedboat powered by a hand-made propeller that pushes air. The boats are raced in a 20-foot length of eavestrough filled with water. A set... read more