Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 10 Readings

The reading this week was extremely insightful in terms of giving a more pratical way of giving scientific instruction in the classroom. I have to admit that I'm extremely grateful to see a plan that actually emcompasses many different topics in a cohesive manner and an orderly fashion. As a student, I never experienced a curriculum that not only build off each other, but was extremely cohesive.  Also, the curriculum that I was taught from never involved a practical component that gave room for investigation or inquiry. As a past tutor, my students chief complaint would be that they did not understand the purpose of the information. They would bombard me with so many questions about how and why, and I would often spend most of the time answering those questions as well as giving instruction. This reading finally gave me the answer that j needed in terms of finding a solution of making sure the student is asking all the questions that he or she wants to ask as well making sure the instruction is giving in a logical and orderly fashion.

 I was really impressed with the concept map presented on page 41 entitled "The Three Spheres of Inquiry for Scientists and Engineers". It is a great way to approach science teaching in a new and innovative way. I personally would approach it from a conceptually project viewpoint, with both room for instruction and inquiry. I'm curious to see how everyone else's approach would be. 

1 comment:

  1. I definitely agree with your point on science curricula needing to be cohesive: in high school, there was so much potential overlap between biology and chemistry that didn't get explored, and this idea of revisiting "cross-cutting concepts" could definitely help make the various fields of science feel less like isolated entities.