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From: Al Evans (Al.Evans@cherokee.k12.ga.us)
Date: Thu Feb 27 2003 - 07:10:05 EST


Thanks Fiona! I am ordering the book and it will be special because I
"know" someone who knows the author!
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Fiona Rae [mailto:FRae@hopkinton.k12.ma.us]
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 12:34 PM
To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
Subject: RE: [Channel-talkchemistry] RE: Georgia report
 
I think I can help here. The great Chemistry teacher that I am lucky
enough to work with, Valerie Ludwig Lechtanski, has written an inquiry
science book of labs called Inquiry-Based Experiments in Chemistry. It
is published by Oxford University Press and is in the brand new Science
Kits catalogue for $19.95. You can also find it on Amazon.com. I love
the fact that sample student write-ups are provided along with common
student pitfalls. This might be a great jumping off point for starting
inquiry labs.
PS Val only gets 50c per book so I am not trying to "sell" the book for
her!
        -----Original Message-----
        From: Maria Lester [mailto:alester@chesterfield.k12.va.us]
        Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 1:43 PM
        To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
        Subject: RE: [Channel-talkchemistry] RE: Georgia report
        Thanks Al,
        Do you have any websites or any tips on how to find these labs?
        Maria
                -----Original Message-----
                From: channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org
[mailto:channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org]On Behalf Of Al Evans
                Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 9:07 AM
                To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
                Subject: RE: [Channel-talkchemistry] RE: Georgia report
                Thanks for the feedback. I am doing the National Board
Certification this spring and it really stresses inquiry learning. I
recommend their material if you want to learn more about doing inquiry
labs. They are easy to find on the web. I do labs, and they are open
ended, but are not inquiry, so I am having to learn some new tricks
myself. Good luck with your quest!
                 
                -----Original Message-----
                From: Maria Lester
[mailto:alester@chesterfield.k12.va.us]
                Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 3:51 PM
                To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
                Subject: RE: [Channel-talkchemistry] RE: Georgia report
                 
                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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