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A small step or a giant leap? How can we encourage students to think about the world around them, and develop their ability to question processes that shape our environments?
What do all these have in common? Small thin bony plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles A flake formed on the surface of rusty iron Thick white deposit formed in a kettle, boiler etc Plaque formed on teeth A weighing machine or device A zodiacal symbol Series of degrees, graded classification system Ratio of size in a model, map or picture Rule determining distance Exercise in musical performance
According to The concise Oxford Dictionary, the new edition for the 1990s, they are all the definitions of the term, or word, SCALE Answer;
SCALE How can we give students a greater understanding of processes, through the use of SCALE as a concept? How do we fit ecosystems, glaciers, river basins, CPDs or settlements into our classrooms? Why do we need to give students an opportunity to explore scale over space and time? In what ways can we encourage more enquiry based learning in relation to the notion of SCALE?
An enquiry approach to Scale; The Tools - Worksheets and textbooks Animations and media presentations Modelling Photos and images
Student/ theory Real world / practice Which is the more abstract to the 12/13 year old student?
Bringing your classroom to Life, making the theory real There are many ways in which human and physical processes can be demonstrated to help the students gain a better understanding of processes. What we must continually ensure is that the analogies are clear and always related to the REAL LIFE or REAL WORLD context
TASK In small groups, using the equipment list in front of you attempt the following - 1.Try to think about and develop a way demonstrating to the students a physical process 2.Use the demonstration to encourage students to ask enquiry questions 3.Develop a way of linking the demonstration to the real life situation or process 4.How would you extend the work and draw out curriculum opportunities? Remember its all about scale!!