IT’S A MINECRAFT PARTY: USING MINECRAFT IN A SCIENCE CLASSROOM – by Jonathan So

This resource was created to demonstrate an effective use of integrating technology in a Science classroom. This particular resource is about using Minecraft in the classroom and implementing gaming as a fun and engaging way to consolidate science concepts. There is something for everyone in this resource no matter where you are in your learning journey: whether you are currently using technology in your classroom effectively, just beginning to use technology, or wanting to begin, this resource will assist you in your learning process. Continue reading

Using a Wonder Wall to Support Classroom Inquiries – Kindergarten by Heather Olah

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The Wonder Wall fosters a community of wonder in an inquiry-based classroom.  A prominent section of a classroom wall is devoted to the children’s questions.  All questions are respected by being displayed on the wall.  This helps children to feel safe as their wonders and theories emerge. Continue reading

A FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING A STUDENT-LED LAB ACTIVITY

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by Erin Turner

Intention:

The nature of physics experiments (in the high school classroom) creates a perfect situation to allow students to generate their own testable questions. Many of the safety concerns that might exist in other disciplines can often be avoided when teaching classical physics, as the materials are much more benign. This catalyst was originally designed and tested in an SPH 3U classroom using the concept of friction, but it could be easily adapted to other classes and scenarios.

Scaffolding:

While presenting this process to the class, the steps were outlined using a simple scenario of the students’ choosing (ex/ Does mass have an impact on the coefficient of static friction?). Particular attention was paid to identifying variables (independent, dependent, and controlled), as this tends to be a stumbling block for students, even at the senior level. Using the terms Manipulated Variable and Responding Variable helped clarify for students the relationship between variables more than the traditional Independent/Dependent phrasing.

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I Notice, I Wonder – LEARN Strategy

The K20 Center examines I Notice, I Wonder, an instructional strategy that helps students create good questions from the information at hand by writing down what they notice and what they wonder about a new topic. Support active learning in your classroom with this series of videos on instructional strategies, their strengths, and their uses. Continue reading