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Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2011
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Warning: Flipping Your Classroom May Lead to Increased Student Unde...
Flipping a classroom is not a teaching technique, it is more in line with a philosophy or way of teaching. It involves using technology as a tool, not the main focus, for helping students to increase their understanding of science or math concepts.
Motivating Underachieving Students in Math and Science
Your students’ future and education needs are not like yours and mine. For the most part, we are a product of an education system heavily influenced by the industrial age - lectures and rote memorization. This style of teaching was primarily designed to produce factory and skilled trade workers.
Due to the dynamics of today’s world economy, most students no longer have the same types of jobs waiting for them when they graduate. Their future is in the service, health, and technology career fields. However, there is still a demand for skilled trade workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010).
Today’s education system is still following the demands of the industrial age. So how does this clash with students’ needs for the future?
Encouraging students to use critical thinking is more than an extension activity in science and math lessons, it is the basis of true learning.
Just stumbled upon fascinating site for anyone interested in astronomy: eso.org
Virtual tours of the facilities, images, educational materials, SpaceScope (astronomy news for kids), information...Wow!
Also check out recent time lapse video from the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the ESO site in Chile: http://youtu.be/wFpeM3fxJoQ
One of our MSP2 members, Aimee, has posted a request for middle school science teachers to assist with an e-book research project. Please check out her post and consider participating.
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