Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15th
Today in science: All of our class time was devoted to seed experiment preparations, as well as seed experiment execution. Much of the teacher’s emphasis was on the need for students to record a number of things in their Lab Notebook. These ‘things’ included 1) a record of the responding variable in the designated data table, 2) a record of the controlling variables in the designated data tables, 3) any changes made to the Materials, 4) any changes made to the Procedure, 5) any questions–or wonderings–that suddenly arise during the experiment, 6) any ‘Ah ha!’ moments or thoughts, and 7) anything strange or weird events that make you say, ‘Hmmm.’
Homework: There is no science homework tonight.
Thursday-Friday, May 16-17th
Today in science: Although a number of students still have seed germination experiments in process, many students have now reached a stage in which they have collected the data they need to address their original research question. This means that some students collected data and made observations during the lesson, while others began disassembling and cleaning their equipment, disposing of their waste, and turning their attention (back) to their Google Documents. Regardless of where students are at in this stage of the experimental process, everyone was given most of the lesson to make progress on their seed experiment. Much of their success depended upon their concentration, focus, desire, and determination.
Homework: There is no science homework during the TASIS Arts Festival weekend.