It’s already week 5 of CEP 810 and that means it’s time rethink some lessons! Fitting since we just had our final round of faculty meetings this week – oh, the ebb and flow of teaching!
I designed a lesson to address the difficulty students have applying mathematical concepts (dimensional analysis in particular) to chemistry in the stoichiometry unit. After reading Friedman’s NY Times Op Ed (2013) on a learner’s need for basic information in addition to skills and motivation, and contemplating Hobb’s Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Culture and Classroom (2011), I sought to design a lesson that would address the content and support a learner centric classroom while emphasizing 21st century skills.
In accordance with Hobb’s (2011) 5 fundamental literacy practices core competencies, students will:
- Access information both online in their text.
- Analyze the credibility and applicability of their sources.
- Create a blog post relaying what they learned.
- Reflect on how what they learned builds upon past topics in physics and math, and how it may apply to chemistry and broader issues in business and healthcare.
- Act by white-boarding their ideas to a group of peers and inviting questions and discussion.
Read the full lesson plan here.
Hobbs, R. (2011). Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom. Thousand, Oaks, CA: Corwin/Sage.