View the edtech Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in edtech's December 1992 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in edtech's December 1992 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the edtech home page.
In your message of 1 Dec 1992 at 2324 PST, you write: [stuff deleted] > Here are some examples just to get you started seeing what we need: > > I wonder ... > ... why do leaves change color? [stuff deleted] > IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not looking for answers, just questions that will > cause a person to think(!). It's okay not to know the > answer. By asking questions, maybe a person can become > more educated. > > Please send as many of these "wonderments" as you can contrive. > > If you are a teacher, why don't you just ask your students to write any > question that they wish they had the answer to, then share that with us? This is "the other side of the coin" of what I do in class. I was once impressed by a "Single Question Final Exam" that I had in a physics class ("Given that the color of the sky is blue, determine the speed of light -- and show all your work" handed out the first day of class). I have carried on this tradition with a twist. I have the students write the "Single Question Final Exam" and some type of answer key that would help in grading responses. This approach facilitates evaluation of the learning process and offers a good overview of overemphasized points in the course. Over the last six years of using this approach, I have learned a lot about how effective (and not) my teaching is. This variation of the "wonderments" collection will offer enlightening information of your students' current understanding / world views. A personal aside to Dr. Anderson: If the results are not posted to the entire list, I would be interested in a copy. W. LeRoy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------ Don't ever think you know what's right for the other guy. "DAS ENERGI" He might start thinking he knows what's right for you. Paul Williams