Here's a sneak peek of Assignment 2.1: Modeling Atoms using Elements of Nature. Students gathered their supplies from nature to model the atomic theories, the way the scientists may have done in the days before modern technology!
When we began the school year in science, our class discussed the concept of "how we learn."
We realized that many of us learn differently, and in our lives we will all have to work cooperatively with people who think differently than we do. This doesn't make one of us smarter than the other, it simply means that everybody has different strengths, and we're all more successful when we help one another build and use our strengths.
Each student took a "multiple intelligences" quiz earlier in the year to help us determine what our strengths/preferences are in learning. This week we split up into 8 different groups based on those strengths and we brainstormed about how we like to learn (or don't like to learn!) as well as some jobs that people with our strengths might enjoy doing. Each group made a reference poster with that information to help others in the class understand their learning styles.
Hopefully this will help us work productively and positively together throughout the year. Check out each of our 8 intelligences posters below!
7. Interpersonal (relating to others)
8. Intrapersonal (Knowing yourself)
This year in Science, we will be using an excellent website called Edmodo.
Edmodo could be considered "Facebook for School" as it is an educational tool that allows us to post videos and comments, upload notes or assignments, and have a private group just for our class.
All students are asked to sign up to use Edmodo. It is free and GVC has its own larger account . To sign up in class today, please click on the "Edmodo" icon on the iPad, select "Student", and enter the code 3pncuc. You can also enter this code on the website at home at www.edmodo.com.
This code will expire relatively soon, so please do your best to sign up in class today, or this weekend.
Throughout the semester, you will be have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of activities. We want to know how you learn best in order to match you up with the activities.
Please complete this quiz, and at the end of the test you will get a code that you will need to record.
Copy the code and paste it onto a sticky on our Padlet for today to share it with Mrs. Urichuk:
Or follow this QR code:
Today in Science, we briefly discussed our past experiences with Science, and we found out that while most of us have some positive memories of Science, ALL of us have had some negative experiences as well! So we wondered: maybe Science is not really hard, maybe we just haven't been learning it in the most effective ways!
Each student filled out a survey to let me know about their interactions with Science. They wrote down some of what they liked/disliked, their hopes for our Science class this year, as well as words that they think relate to Science.
Here are the words we came up with:
I noticed a few things:
1. Many of the words are conflicting, or opposite. Especially the biggest words!
2. The word "sometimes" appears a lot - sometimes boring, sometimes interesting, sometimes fun. Nobody seemed to entirely love or totally hate Science.
3. Experiments was the biggest word that didn't have to do with how we FEEL about Science. I guess we are really hoping to do experiments this year!
So while we all know that Science can be frustrating, complicated, confusing, and sometimes boring, hopefully we can also make sure that our time in Science is interesting, fun, cool, and enjoyable as well!!
I'm really looking forward to learning with all of you this year!
- Mrs. Urichuk
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