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From: raemont@optonline.net
Date: Thu Feb 20 2003 - 16:44:33 EST


Dear Al & Maria -
I too agree with you. This is only my fourth year teaching and I certainly do try to do new and innovative activities with my students, but when I'm in a crunch, I revert back to the lecture mode. It's so much better when they can discover things themselves. It certainly is difficult when there is a standardized test at the end of the year, and your students' results on it are so important; not only for them, but for us as teachers. The local papers publicize each school's results and if results are under par there is an uproar. Witness the NYS physics regents exam last year, and chem to a lesser extent. Plus it seems to me that many students just don't want to push themselves. They just want the answer. They're not interested in the process of getting to it. Trying to make them think has been a goal of mine this year. We'll see what happens. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Rae
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Dear Al,

I agree with you. I need to hear more of this type of feedback. I teach in
Virginia and I am doing this workshop alone. I did not realize how it would
help me remember what teaching was all about. I am in a state that has
standardized tests and it seems as though everything is about a 50 question
test at the end of the year. I have found myself doing more and more
lecture to cover the material (and still not always finishing). It is not
rewarding for me or the kids, I am sure. These videos have given me a boost
to do the more of the investigative activities. It is tough when they do
not prep and are clueless but I need to change what I am doing. I have been
teaching for 22 years and the last 5 have been very stressful and
challenging. I need to remember how fun it was to have activities where
kids go..."Oh YEAH...I get it!" I need to encourage more thining outside
the box. I have regimented myself within the box in fear of not covering
what I need to. Thanks for encouraging me and listening as well!

Maria
  -----Original Message-----
  From: channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org
[mailto:channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org]On Behalf Of Al Evans
  Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 7:55 PM
  To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
  Subject: [Channel-talkchemistry] RE: Georgia report

  We discussed as much methodology as content tonight, a first. Some had
negative reactions to vague leading questions which students struggled with.
We thought the question asked by the girl in the mixing of ethanol and water
about the possibility of alcohol evaporating was not given enough attention
by the teacher. This was great to remember something that had been done
previously and to apply it to this new situation and should have been
rewarded. Further a great teaching moment was lost when the students could
have brainstormed about how to decide whether evaporation was a problem by
doing another experiment! For example, mix ethanol and ethanol and see if
any disappears. Or weigh the mixture and see if any has gone. We must
celebrate independent and creative thought whenever it occurs, whether it is
right or wrong, otherwise it will disappear. We liked the reminder that
many students are still in the concrete reasoning stage and need specific
visible examples like the nuts and bolts illustrating partial ionization. I
am hoping some of the group will stop lurking and post clarifications,
expansions and/or rebuttals to my report!

  Al Evans

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<DIV><SPAN class=093304620-20022003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>Dear
Al,</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=093304620-20022003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=093304620-20022003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>I
agree with you.&nbsp; I need to hear more of this type of feedback.&nbsp; I
teach in Virginia and I am doing this workshop alone.&nbsp; I did not realize
how it would help me remember what teaching was all about.&nbsp; I am in a state
that has standardized tests and it seems as though everything is about a 50
question test at the end of the year.&nbsp; I have found myself doing more and
more lecture to cover the material (and still not always finishing).&nbsp; It is
not rewarding for me or the kids, I am sure.&nbsp; These videos have given me a
boost to do the more of the investigative activities.&nbsp; It is tough when
they do not prep and are clueless but I need to change what I am doing.&nbsp; I
have been teaching for 22 years and the last 5 have been very stressful and
challenging.&nbsp; I need to remember how fun it was to have activities where
kids go..."Oh YEAH...I get it!"&nbsp; I need to encourage more thining outside
the box.&nbsp; I have regimented myself within the box in fear of not covering
what I need to.&nbsp; Thanks for encouraging me and listening as
well!</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=093304620-20022003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=093304620-20022003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2>Maria</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
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  size=2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B>
  channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org
  [mailto:channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org]<B>On Behalf Of </B>Al
  Evans<BR><B>Sent:</B> Wednesday, February 12, 2003 7:55 PM<BR><B>To:</B>
  channel-talkchemistry@learner.org<BR><B>Subject:</B> [Channel-talkchemistry]
  RE: Georgia report<BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
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  <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-LEFT: 1in"><FONT face=Arial color=navy
  size=2><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: navy; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">We
  discussed as much methodology as content tonight, a first.<SPAN
  style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Some had negative reactions to vague
  leading questions which students struggled with.<SPAN
  style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We thought the question asked by the
  girl in the mixing of ethanol and water about the possibility of alcohol
  evaporating was not given enough attention by the teacher.<SPAN
  style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>This was great to remember something
  that had been done previously and to apply it to this new situation and should
  have been rewarded.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Further a
  great teaching moment was lost when the students could have brainstormed about
  how to decide whether evaporation was a problem by doing another
  experiment!<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>For example, mix
  ethanol and ethanol and see if any disappears.<SPAN
  style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Or weigh the mixture and see if any
  has gone.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We must celebrate
  independent and creative thought whenever it occurs, whether it is right or
  wrong, otherwise it will disappear.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;
  </SPAN>We liked the reminder that many students are still in the concrete
  reasoning stage and need specific visible examples like the nuts and bolts
  illustrating partial ionization.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;
  </SPAN>I am hoping some of the group will stop lurking and post
  clarifications, expansions and/or rebuttals to my
  report!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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  <P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial color=navy size=2><SPAN
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