Just some thoughts on Session 2 video and reading...
I think one of the primary issues facing elementary teachers today is that they are educated in all areas very generally. It is difficult to know many subjects in depth and without a strong conceptual understanding of material that you are teaching in science, it is difficult to provide engaging opportunities for students. Additionally, the discourse required is slighted because, while we may still know more than the students do, it is difficult to help them link concepts because of our own superficial understanding. It seems to me that more comfortable I get with content, the more exciting instruction gets to my students - Things that make you say, HHHMMMM!
In the video, sediment deposition was discussed and its relationship to layering in soils. This layering can be used as a timeline in sedimentary rocks as well as environmental indicator of weather patterns due to the presence of specific minerals and how the sediments are layered. This is very interesting as I recently watched something on the Discovery Channel that discussed the presence of sand from other areas of the world found in the united States or elsewhere. These are the types of things that we just really don't think much about, but climate effects everyone and things that we don't really take into account can affect us where we are.
I have really enjoyed seeing the activities that the teachers are engaged in during these videos as well. This just reinforces my initial comment regarding the development of interesting, engaging lessons for our students. If the teacher teaching about plates did not understand the dynamic of the plates, he could never have come up with the ideas to incorporate slinkys into the lesson to illustrate the movement of the plates.
Just some intial thoughts, comments are welcome!
HCCMS, Special Education
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Received on Fri Mar 16 15:48:59 2007