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1) What are some topics in your discipline that align well with the “real world”?• We found the question a little odd since our disciplines are all about the real world. So we figured this was more about things to which our students could relate.• In earth science the weather, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and meteors are regularly highlighted events in the news.• In biology human anatomy and physiology are quite familiar, as are plants and animals.• In physics students are accustomed to motion in sports, cars, and amusement parks and electricity in lights and switches.
2) How are skills learned in your classroom useful outside your classroom?• When we considered “skills” we thought less about content and more about practice.• Thinking like a scientist helps you observe things around you better, ideally with less inherent bias.• Students should be able to understand more of what is pertinent to them through scientific literacy and understanding.• Improved critical thinking skills should allow students to draw better conclusions or prove things better.
3) What are ways to bring new forms of technology (not just PowerPoints and Tvs) into the classroom for students’ use?• There is some exciting 3-D simulation equipment which allows students to view simulations of systems like parts of the human body.• Just like we’re all seeing this week, becoming familiar with MS Excel can be helpful in the lab and perhaps in some of the students’ later environments, too.• Bringing in interesting technology can make the class more exciting for the students because they are excited about the technology in some way. For example, involving entertainment like popular movies might engage them more.
4) What are topics in your discipline that could be weaved together in a long term project?• In earth science the students could do a weather project or plant a garden.• In biology human looking at where energy moves within systems could be a theme for many projects.• In physics taking apart or building a complex device could tie together many topics. For example, cars involve rotational and translational motion, simple machines, electrical circuits, engines, and more.
5) What challenges do you anticipate in having students take part in a long term, student centered project?• Keeping the students on task could be difficult. If they are excited enough this could be more about keeping them on a schedule than on topic.• Keeping an eye out to make sure all students are involved and working together well in each group could be difficult, too.
6) What is your role as a teacher in an environment that is student centered?• While not acting as the stereotypical fount of all knowledge, you are still the expert on hand.• The key is to act as a facilitator by asking the students probing questions and challenging them. At the same time you can make sure they stay on track and are working together well.
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