Discussion: Keynote Part 2

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posted by: James Shymansky on May 20, 2003 at 3:36PM
subject: A Different Kind of Learning
Hi Deborah,

I really enjoyed Part II of your keynote--most likely because your
points and position are ones with which I totally agree and have tried
to express in some of my own writing over the years. In my work with
K-6 science teachers I have found it very useful to use classroom
vignettes/snapshots of students explaining and discussing their ideas
(both valid and invalid) as "straw men" to get teachers to analyze the
underlying science. The strategy is successful because teachers see
the immediate relevance of the content and they fell "safe" because
they don't have to admit to their own lack of understanding.

Thanks for your thoughtful presentation. Go Hawks!!
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