5/6 ScienceRotation Model


Energy Transformations
Potential/Kinetic
Renewable/Non-renewable
Generating Electricity
Efficiency & Conservation

What went well:
  • managing materials; don't need as many
  • roller coaster & crickets good for rotation model
  • renewable/non-renewable, energy conservation & electricity more difficult
  • kids enjoyed engaging activities at little cost
  • kids surfaced as leaders who haven't before
  • wikis worked very well
    • transparency
    • students able to use flexibly (Pauline's student - taking pic to model understanding & post it to wiki)
What needs to be tweaked:
  • too much information
    • sift and pull out needed/necessary information; make deeper, more meaningful; less is more
    • add templates to wiki for note-taking; data-recording; etc.
  • plan in process, application, reflection time
  • mind calendar dates when planning rotation (one team lost 3 consecutive
  • 1 teacher mans single rotation - students rotate T,W,Th to teacher of assigned rotation; M,F regroup, debrief with classroom teacher

If I could change one thing to strengthen experience for students next time...
- reduce paper load
- teacher access - could we post info digitally so they can have resources to draw from without needing to revisit with teacher?
- full afternoon classes = larger blocks of time
- breathing room; protected time for debrief, reflection with homeroom
- create online tutorials
  • Intro topics: rotation introductions; daily directions
  • List online resources with each rotation
  • Uploading videos to wiki, Moodle, etc. (atomic learning, bps wikis, ask another team)
  • Keep pushing team work
To Do:
  • inventory cricket kits; list replacement/repair supplies to Sara BEFORE Dec 14
  • Review assessment - see what they show