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Topic: Moon Observations

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:09:06 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: Has keeping a Moon Journal helped you umderstand the Moon's behavior or has it made it seem more puzzling? Here's a chance for you to pose questions and share insights about your moon observations.

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Posted by: liane ([email protected] )
Date posted: Fri Mar 5 14:43:02 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: moon
The results show that we really don't know what happens to the moon! We think we notice it, but really don't. One thing I found surprising is that there were hardly any "Don't know" answers! We think we know it all! Does any one know what the moon that is visible during the day is called?

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Subject: Memorization vs Reasoned Response
Reply Posted by: Carol LeCrone
Date Posted: Wed Mar 10 20:32:34 US/Eastern 1999
Diane, Perhaps I am playing devil's advocate here, but is Karen's misconception based on her memorization of facts or is she LACKING the basic "facts" to base her reasoned response on? In my own struggle to understand the "teaching to the test" mentality that has been spawned by the rash of high stakes testing -I have had to ask myself if we are being told that giving kids the "tools" (facts) to reason with is more important than taking the time to delve deeply into a limited realm of knowledge. There must be a happy medium between providing the information that others have already discovered and allowing students to discover information on their own? There is a similar dilemma in math - do we spend excessive time in the reasoning of problem solving- and neglect the basic computation and formulas that would enable their processing? I am still wrestling with the conflicting viewpoints. What do you think?

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