- I am really having a hard time deciding on topics also. Should I try
out several ideas or pick a topic and go for it? Any suggestions on
the best method?
- I did a lab activity (drawing cells) for activity 1/entry 1. Most of my students' look like polka dotted squares. I know they want to see understanding over time. I wonder if it is good to start out with (obvious) little understanding then by activity 3 show that the students say "oh, thats what those little dots were".I may have to choose another topic and pick the best.Is anybody out there in north east florida?Dottie
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- Did your students have anything, pictures or drawings to
use as a guide? What grade are you teaching? I know that
showing growth is a good thing, but I'm not yet sure about
what they know now. Did they write anything up with this
lab? Did they look at slides? Was this an introductory,
exploratory lab? Your write up on the activity will help
explain much of this.
My students, 7th graders, just drew pictures of an
organelle in the cell and made a short story, poem or song
about the organelle and it's function. They did this
after they read took notes on the section in the book, we
talked about it in class and they looked at cells under a
microscope. I found it was hard for them to understand
the concept about the organelles inside cells since it's
hard just to see a cell in the classroom.
I guess what I am asking you is did they have enough
background to do the drawings?
- I am really confused about entry one. My big concept is on motion.
My three entries are: a lab activity exploring the effects of friction
on different surfaces. Students measured the distance objects
traveled different surfaces and graphed their results. They then wrote
a conclusion. The conclusion was suppose to inculde how friction
played into the demo. I had some students that just told results
instead of using the term friction. What is the best way to handle
this? I worte a comment how they were on the right track but to
please add more to the conclusion by telling about the friction that
The second entry is on the relationship between mass of an object and
the distance traveled. I am still designing this one. I am playing
around with including momentum with this, but I am not sure yet.
The third is going to be taken from one of the interactive inaternet
activities the students are working on in computer lab. My concerns are:
1) are these ideas not connected enough
2) if a student shows a misconception during the friction lab is
appropriate to write on the lab report info that will clarify the
I don't understand how to show student growth since the assignments
are so different.
I have a feeling I am totally off track on this. I will appreciate