Classroom Discussions in Science, Part 2

This is the second of four part series. Here is part 1. I have been working to delineate and describe a typology of four types of conversations that could be powerful and effective in secondary science classrooms. They are: Conversations that gather, focus student experiences or insightsConversations that make real the processes of science and reflect science as a human (as opposed to received) activity.Conversations that deepen and expand observations made during classroom demonstrations or l...
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#EL30 MOOC, Take 2

Back in October, I began participating a the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC organized by Stephen Downes. While I got a lot out of participating in the MOOC, I never did all the work I wanted to do. But this is why I am so interested in this work: "Connectivism is based on the idea that knowledge is essentially the set of connections in a network, and that learning therefore is the process of creating and shaping those networks." [This last piece has shaped a good deal of my own research over the pas...
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Classroom Discussions in Science, Part 1

I was asked last week, preparation for professional development work I had been asked to do with some high school science teachers, to describe ways that classroom discussion could be used in secondary science classrooms. To my surprise, I was able to delineate and describe a typology of four types of conversations that could be powerful and effective in secondary science classrooms. They are: Conversations that gather, focus student experiences or insightsConversations that make real the...
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