Hands-on work?


Today we went on the research boat from the local university. The new 9th graders were put to  work measuring and recording, following written instructions. Great job! So, back to why are they joining in? This is a voluntary experience week, no grades. Students were arriving this morning saying how afraid they were of going on the boat. But they all did. And they followed directions and figured out what to do. I still can’t tell what the magic formula is, I do know we can’t do field trips for all the students every day. I also notice that the “on task” time scheduled is only \frac{1}{4} of the time we would schedule during school time. Maybe we just schedule too much in a day for normal people to process?

I’ll be so happy if we can get students to “promise to try to try” (Bart Simpson).

I blame context.


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