Big Whiteboard Brainwave – Everyone’s Invited!
Kids really love writing on whiteboards. Why? Who knows, but they really do, it’s more than just sniffing the markers. With the small whiteboards, one kid in the group does the writing and the others contribute. Interactive, yes, but even better is bigger.
A huge whiteboard that takes up most of the table, where everyone has a pen and all can write around a big central question like “What is Science” or “To do to make our ___ project happen” or whatever you’d like students to think about, plan, reactivate their prior knowledge of and for you to see where they are. And then take a picture when they are done to save their thoughts, or to contrast with how much they know by the end of the year etc.
The conversation around the tables was more animated and real than usual – they were trying to avoid repeating each other’s ideas about ‘What is Science?’ Most respected each others’ space on the board. After a little thinking and writing, time to get up and see what others wrote and add to theirs. Then time for the picture, a quick sum up and move on. The question ‘What is Science’ still hanging but at least examined at the start of the year.
A couple of interesting conceptions about science from students:
- That ‘science is everything’. Rather too general and too polarizing for the whole religion vs science debate, as opposed to religion AND science (my preference).
- Science is fun came up for many. How cool. Good job to elementary and 6th grade science teachers!
Entry filed under: Inquiry and critical thinking, Project Based Learning, Reflections, Starting the School Year, Uncategorized. Tags: 7th grade science activity, interactive, interactive classroom, what is science, white boards.