The Mathematicians/ Scientists/Engineers Notebook
What is it? An adaptation of the Scientists Notebook – East Bay Educational Collaborative http://www.ebecri.org/custom/toolkit.html
Students Model the Way Mathematicians, Scientists, and Engineers Work Each notebook is unique to that person, that problem, that situation The notebook is a collection of thoughts, ideas, sketches, data, equations – a running record of the mathematicians/scientists/engineers thoughts
Students Model the Way M/S/E Work It is not necessarily organized or neat There is no right way or format Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Brown University
Why use the M/S/E Notebook? From Galileo to todays scientists and mathematicians …, notebooks have been used to document …discovery. Notebooks are also effective tools in the classroom. They make science and mathematics experiences more meaningful and authentic for students as they observe, record, and reflect on what they've learned.
Students use notebooks during class As a guide and/or reference As a place to record data, observations, illustrations, reflections questions, ideas while working As a place to collect and record claims and evidence to support their inquiry To make thinking visible To document their organizational growth over time Notebooks make students accountable for their learning …Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Brown University
Using the M/S/E Notebook Thinking strategies Before………. Entries from the notebook template During……. After…….. Content reading and writing related to inquiry Making connections Activating prior knowledge Asking question …Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Brown University
BEFORE….. I Know/ I Wonder chart Visualizations VIP/MVP FQR Quick writes Anticipation guide KWL Concept maps …Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Brown University
DURING… Implementing the M/S/E notebook template Focus questions Predictions Planning Data/observations Claims and evidence Making Meaning Conference Conclusions …Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Brown University
AFTER….. Summarizing Making connections Note taking from a reading/ exemplar Key word/key idea drawings Compare/contrast charts VIP/MVP Information circles Revisit KWL and I wonder charts …Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Brown University
Bell Ringer What Year Am I? On January 30 of this year, the first radio broadcast of The Lone Ranger was heard in the United States. The song played at the beginning of the program was the William Tell overture from Rossinis opera. The program started and ended with the phrase Heigh-ho, Silver.
What Year Am I? The product of my tens and units digits is equal to my hundreds digit. My tens and units digits could be the sides of a square with a perimeter of 12. – What year am I? 1933
Paper Cup Challenge MATERIALS: small paper drinking cups 2 cardboard squares 24" X 24" each INQUIRY: Can you make a platform with cups and a piece of cardboard that will support your weight?
Instructions Place one cardboard square on the floor, and put a bunch of cups face down on top of it. When you think you have enough cups to support your weight, put the other cardboard square on top. With a friend to spot you, carefully stand on the platform. Did the platform hold you? If it did, try using fewer cups. Try to determine the minimum number of cups that are needed to support your weight.
The Results? How would you go about finding the smallest number of cups needed to support your weight? Why do you think cups are often tapered so they are a little wider at the top that at the bottom? Is the round shape important?
The Results? What do you think would happen if you tried this activity with milk cartons or some other shape? When columns are used to support a building, what are the advantages of using hollow columns? What are the disadvantages?
Formative Assessment: Concept Cartoons A typical Concept Cartoon has the following features: 1. Visual representation of scientific ideas 2. Minimal text, in dialogue form 3. Alternative ideas about the situation 4. Ideas are applied in everyday situations 5. The scientifically/ mathematically acceptable viewpoint is included in the alternatives 6. Alternatives are given equal status
Next Steps… Needs…. Time available…. – Suggested dates are one day during intersession (March 15 th or March 18 th ) and Saturday, May 7 th. – Follow-up meetings, once a month, via webcast/satellite, can be held to work with the teachers in small groups as they begin the process of reviewing resources available for stem curriculum integrations.
Next Steps… SUMMER TRAINING 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR
Q & A Tammy L Jones TammyJones@TLJConsultingGroup.com