[KACT] Re: Getting students to participate

  • From: Steve Landry <steve.landry@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 08:12:13 -0500

Brad,

I would also like to see that first unit.

Thanks

Steve Landry
Pratt High School
401 So. Hamilton
Pratt,  KS 67124
steve.landry@xxxxxxxxxx


On 8/23/06 11:00 AM, "Cline, Brad" <bcline@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I do whiteboarding in all my courses.  Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and
> Physics.   I have found this to be very effective in getting students to
> come out of their shells.  Start out with simple things that they can
> relate to.  I use whiteboarding for presenting lab results and
> conclusions, presenting assigned problems from their homework, and
> simply discussing what happened in a class demo.  One of my colleagues,
> who adopted whiteboards after I began to use them, stated that it is
> like putting the slate into the hands of the student in the old one room
> school house.
> 
> I got the original idea from the Arizona State Modeling Physics Project.
> ASU now has a Chemistry Modeling Curriculum out which I have found has
> some real promise.  I really like the first unit.  This curriculum
> centers on the use of whiteboards as well.  If anybody is interested in
> seeing part of this curriculum, let me know and I will email the first
> unit to you for review.  I can also give you the passkey to get all
> materials from the ASU website, but would prefer not to give that out on
> the listserv.
> 
> I plan to put an article concerning the ASU project in the next
> newsletter... I better get busy on that, huh? :)
> 
> Bradley L Cline
> Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Physics Instructor
> Goddard High School
> 2500 S 199th St West
> PO Box 189
> Goddard, KS  67052-0189
> bcline@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kact-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:kact-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of London Reif
> Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 9:40 AM
> To: kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [KACT] Re: Getting students to participate
> 
> I do the white board thing too, and it is a great way to get kids
> involved.
> 
>>>> Paul Ogle <pogle@xxxxxxxxxx> 8/23/2006 9:19 AM >>>
> Small group activity using little white boards and markers usually help
> mine get to where they will answer.  Also, we do something called PBS
> and give support like tootsie rolls for answering, either right or
> wrong.   After a while they will pipe in and feel comfortable enough to
> interact.
> 
> I hope that helps.
> 
> Paul
> 
> On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 8:39 AM, Kelly Deters
> <kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 
>> I'm teaching freshman for the first time ever and it's an
>> "empirical science" course (pre-chemistry content) that focuses
>> on deriving understanding from lab experiences and class
>> discussions.  My problem is they don't discuss!  I ask a
>> question and the room is dead silent!  I have an incredible
>> wait time and they still don't answer!  I'm so used to my
>> upper-classmen that jump in all the time and I never have to
>> push.  I know they'll loosen up eventually, but any tips?
>> Kelly
>> kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx
>> 
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