ImagineIT update #2
When I think back to the summer when my ImagineIT project was first brought to life I have finally come to terms with where I am now. Over the past few weeks I have struggled with the idea that I am not going to come close to the lofty goals I set for myself with this project. But with time and reflection I now see that all of the little seeds I have planted have begun to take root and are beginning to grow. In reality I believe that what my true goal is to help students learn to think like scientists. To learn to think critically, to question, and to rely on evidence and data to help them make connections and form conclusions. What I have seen is that students are starting to do this on their own. As we progress with the content that I am teaching I have heard students have some 'aha' moments, where they made some connections between things we've previously done in class to what we are doing now. For example, we have started our exploration of genetics; we we're looking at inheritance-students we're discussing with their teams what it means to inherit a trait and they were connecting what we had learned about cells and cell structures to DNA found in the nucleus. Another group was talking about how viruses, which we have also studied, are able to use the cell's organelles to pass on their own DNA, even though they aren't living. These types of conversations are becoming more commonplace in the classroom which shows me that I am making progress, that students are retaining knowledge and making the connections that I so much want them to make. Now I just need to keep the momentum and bring more of these connections to life.