Sunday, October 30, 2016
After watching the videos A Private Universe and Joseph Novak I was alarmed by the misconceptions that have developed in even the most talented students. The Science misconceptions that both videos mentioned were developed through a variety of experiences and interactions. This science misconceptions exist in our students way of thinking and will continue to exist because there is no one teaching them the facts. The subjects in this misconceptions were learned in their younger years and there's no further education on the topic. This happens because teachers assume that their students have already learned the basic science knowledge. I think this is the mistake that most teachers make, they assume that students already know the terminology, concepts, and ideas. For this reason misconceptions continue to exist, and in the future it is harder for students to get rid of those misconceptions (stop thinking that what they knew all their life to be the reason or fact is not reality or correct). There are also times when students may accept new information but apply it to their old way of thinking instead of replacing it completely. The videos opened my mind about how hard it is to get rid of misconceptions.
Monday, October 17, 2016
I was very impressed by the Environment in Education Initiative training we received as a class this las Wednesday night. Through the training I learned that with Environment in Education Initiative I can teach any unit to my class or incorporate activities from the EEI units. For example, when teaching about Natural selection EEI already chose a few activities to teach my unit. I don't have to incorporate their full material, I get to choose from their activities and go from there. Different NGSS dimensions connect to the EEI concepts. A framework that they both share is the attention and development of the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. EEI does an excellent job in covering these dimensions through the units that students are supposed to be learning. There are developed to implement all three in depth and in a fun way to our students. I am excited to attempt to implement their units in my class.
Monday, October 10, 2016
From the 5E Learning Cycle I can anticipate the engaging stage to be the most difficult to plan. This stage requires that I pique my students curiosity, I think that trying to get all of them to be curious enough to ask questions is challenging. Having students who like a variety of different things is what makes it so challenging. A lot of creativity would have to occur for me to fully master this stage because there's other components , that follow after creating that curiosity . Like I mentioned before if they don't get curious they won't ask questions or become involved . The most difficult stage for me to facilitate would be the evaluation stage . I'm trying to figure out what "fair " evaluations of students are. I think high expectations from all should be required but how do you evaluate everyone the same if their strength is not communicating or collaborating . How do I grade my English Learners? I have a lot of questions about the evaluation stage and until I can figure out answers to my doubts I won't be able to execute this stage of the learning cycle effectively.