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What Do You Know Now? part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
An opportunity to offer metacognitive teaching arises from the simple question "what do you know now that you didn't before (whatever)"? This simple question can be asked after a reading, a lecture, a lab or other unit of student activity. The thrust is to force the student to consider what they've been exposed to and reflect on what they've learned. Did the activity change their opinion? Did this activity help them identify an analogy?
Challenging Pre-Conceptions part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Students carry into class pre-conceptions based on stories they've heard, articles they've read and experiences they've had. One of the best opportunities to teach metacognition is at a 'gotcha' moment when they come to realize their pre-conception is amiss.
Peer Instruction part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Metacognition:Activities
Peer instruction may offer some of the richest opportunities for metacognitive teaching. Reciprocal (peer) teaching forces the instructor to use a whole series of metacognitive processes such as determining what ...
Laboratory Preview and Preparation Sessions part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Prior to attending each lab, students are required to answer several questions, related to the lab, using an online class management system.
Video Presentation Sessions part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Provide opportunities to experience historic and/or current scientific information through audio/visual media. Further, these sessions allow students to express and discuss their understanding of the science content and its relevance prior to writing a summary.
Written Assignment Sessions part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Provide students an opportunity to read scientific literature, express understanding of scientific content and write a summary of the written work.
Scientific Observation Activity part of Process of Science:Examples
This activity is an introduction to making scientific observations and exploring those observations. It is designed for students unfamiliar or uncomfortable with science.
Introducing a new representation of the process of science part of Process of Science:Examples
This set of warm-up activities uses the example of investigating the dinosaur extinction to introduce fundamental concepts regarding the nature and process of science–especially, debunking the myth of THE Scientific Method.
Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 2: Variability part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students calculate standard deviation and z-values to examine a possible outlier in a positively skewed data set.
Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 1: Measures of Central Tendency part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students examine the histogram of a positively skewed data set and calculate its mean, median and mode.
Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate? part of Process of Science:Examples
The article Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate? and its accompanying classroom lesson, Why?" provides both professional development ideas on best practices about how to improve science literacy in the classroom and suggestions for teaching activities about the nature of science through the spirit of inquiry.
String Scientific Notation/Metric System Demonstration part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short demonstration on scientific notation by asking students to place numbers on a number line using string and notecards.
Plant Succession Field Investigation part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation of plant succession stages, which students will gather evidence of the areas plant history.
Effectiveness of MN dams in water retention/ Efectividad de represas en Minnesota con respecto a la retencion de agua part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field trip investigation where students gather stream flow, volume, depth & height (area) data on Ramsey County dams (Keller and Round lake), interpret their findings and make in-depth observations in order to assess the effectiveness of dams through the season and estimate the life-spam of the dams in years.
Our Big Backyard: How does our local ecosystem change during the year? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will make observations on a chosen location every two weeks for the period of one school year. They will record their observations using a digital camera and a nature journal.