Day 79: Whiteboards for Understanding

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IS I students used the whiteboards today to show me (and themselves) that they understood the osmosis that was taking place in their model cell membranes. With a little prodding, the diagrams revealed some misconceptions and then understanding.

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IS II students used the whiteboards to take the “texting” challenge. I returned, and we reviewed, the last quiz that they took in the chemistry unit and we are about to work with motion detectors tomorrow so this made for a great “bridge” activity. The first class really got into it and did a nice job. Thanks to Frank Noschese for the idea!

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Day 63: Molecular Whiteboarding

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Great activity that had students taking apart reactant molecules and putting them back together as products to reinforce the Law of Conservation of Mass. This is our stepping stone to balancing chemical reactions. I wanted it to be more than symbols on a piece of paper and I liked what I saw yesterday and decided to invent a new activity. Our principal encourages this and says once in a six day cycle he’d like to see us stretch a little (with the understanding that we may fall flat on our faces but with no risk comes no reward). Part of students’ grade was the photo I took of their work.