Dec 12, 2013
On 12/09/13, KristeeW wrote:
> my lowest area was a on inquiry. I don't understand fully
> what they are looking. Am I supposed to have the students
> generate what to investigate? Or is it more about the
discussion following Hi, I bet you can bring that score up.
I think this is a challenging entry because we so rarely have
enough time for our labs. I do think they are asking
specifically for significant student input into the the lab
process. However you don't need to let them just make things
up as they go. I suggest you think of a lab you already do
that is data-rich and robust to allowing students to make
small changes. I had most of the student input in section 2
(mid experiment). My co-worker had the students brainstorm in
section 1 the details of their procedure.
The lab I ended up using was a 3 class period process. First
the students learned about the scientific background. Then all
the students run a lab once with everyone using the same
protocol to get base line data. Then based on that data they
chose one variable from a student generated list of
possibilities to alter and test. I focused on showing that
the students learned to take enough data, to chose values
where the data would fall within a measurable range and to
check data for being reasonable. Best of luck!