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Investigating Phenomenon that Change Slowly

Posted by Terry Talley on January 26, 2016


One of the most enjoyable investigations that I recently observed was during science time in a pre-K classroom. After the teacher reminded students to wash their hands and not to squeeze the little creatures, the excitement built as each student was given a worm to study. The students, holding out their hands as if they were waiting for a prize, immediately began to smile and ask questions.

This investigation was part of a sustained inquiry that began earlier in August when students were introduced to a tub of shredded newspapers, sliced potatoes, and a small container of worms. Using hand lenses and watch glasses to help them see the details, students had the opportunity to set up the worms' home and to observe them from time to time. Their task was to watch and record how the worms changed during the ten months of the school year. 

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Topics: science investigations for elementary, inquiry based projects for PreK, PreK science investigations, inquiry based projects for elementary

Making a Case for Project-Based Learning

Posted by Terry Talley on October 06, 2015


 STEM is now the hot topic in science education around the world! Why is that? How can this change in the focus of science education possibly prepare our students for their economic independence? STEM proponents advise that our students' economic independence will come from the choices they make while in school concerning what they will be prepared to do post graduation. Will they be ready to compete in the global workplace that has emerged since 2000, when the "world became flat?"

Thomas Friedman in his 2005 speech at Notre Dame, about his book, The World is Flat, had an insightful look at globalization and outsourcing. The point of his book and speech is that while we, as a nation, were sleeping, globalization changed from being built around nations to being built around individuals. Individuals are now competing economically and independently against other individuals on a global level, rather than the economies of nations competing against the economies of other nations around the world. 

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Topics: project based learning research, PBLs, digital age of project based learning

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