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Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] session 2

From: M Higbie <mhigbie@nac.net>
Date: Mon Jun 19 2006 - 20:12:49 EDT
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Our school blocks e mail capabilities. If given a project there is a
specific product or info that must be turned in at the end of the class.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Beverley James" <bjbj8282@yahoo.com>
To: "Discussion list for ESSENTIAL SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS: EARTH AND
SPACESCIENCE" <channel-talkearthspace@learner.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2006 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] session 2

Many of us are having problems with students in
computer labs not working on school work. They may
look like they are working, but they are not.

Here is an experience I had:
I got a class of my seventh graders to start opening
up to me about how they could pretend to be working
while they were actually visiting or playing games.
They were pretty open with me because I had already
told them I was going to go to a different school the
next year. Two things about our conversation amazed
me: 1) the teacher in charge was unaware 2) the
students did not have a pang of guilt or concern. I am
going to open up a new discussion on this topic if any
of your are interesting, please join in.

Here are some experiences others have had:

Students try to rush through computer use and sneak
going on line to listen to music or email one another

The discipline problems associated with this station
is they do a lot of text messaging when I am not
looking.

Students seem to see computer time as free time and do
not automatically go to sites or programs that support
class work.

How do you think we can turn this situation around so
computer lab time is school time and not play time?

--- Melissa McCann <mkmcc74@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I wonder if students tend to be taught about the
> properties of rocks, but not their relationship to
> the big picture of the Earth's past environments
> because the teachers do not have enough of a
> knowledge base to go any further. I have some
> experience teaching fifth graders about rocks and
> minerals, and I know I didn't make a thorough
> connection.
>
> One engaging activity I did implement, however,
> was mineral testing. The students had various
> mineral samples which were labeld with numbers.
> They had to note each mineral's characteristics and,
> using their observations and reference materials,
> identify the name of each mineral sample they
> tested.
>
> Another way to engage students would be to
> complete some of the same activities created for
> this course. Students could gather and examine
> their own rock samples. Teachers could then help
> the students to identify characteristics of the
> rocks and how they came to exist in that particular
> region. They could learn how to tell the "story" of
> their rocks. The "story" could become a creative
> writing assignment. The instruction would make
> frequent connections between the geology concepts in
> the curriculum, the students' environment, and their
> rock samples.
>
> Melissa
> Massachusetts
>
>
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Regards, Beverley James

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