Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall 2010 UTeach PBI Class 19- Tuesday November 2: Lab/Development Day

Today, students spent a majority of the period working on the final aspects of their 3 Day Manor Unit. Students worked in both their large groups (content areas) and also their smaller, individual groups (aligned with specific periods at Manor New Tech High School). This was the last class meeting before the main field component of the course which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 4 to Saturday, November 6. One group is working on photosynthesis, another group is working on linear functions, and another group is working on engineering concepts.

Engineering (email from a Manor teacher to our students): "The dimensions for the Garden are 35 ft x 35 ft. The statistics teacher that sponsors the garden club said that he was open to suggestions on how to re-arrange the planter boxes that are in the garden, so that's what the kids will be tesselating. Right now, the students are designing trellises that are 4 ft wide by 6 ft tall...so I would recommend that the shapes you have the kids use for the planter boxes be 4 ft, maybe a little more or less, that depends on you & on the math to make it work..."

Photosynthesis: Photosynthesis is among the most widely taught of all concepts in biology. Why, then, do many people have difficulty grasping the central idea of photosynthesis-that most of the substance of plants comes from the air? Clips of Harvard and MIT graduates and middle school students, showing their misconceptions and struggles with ideas related to photosynthesis.

Linear Functions:

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