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Active Learning Strategies for MCCBT

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Active Learning Strategies in theBiology Classroom
DJ West
Sr. National Science ConsultantMcGraw-Hilldj_west@mcgraw-hill.comhttp://science-teachers.blogspot.com
MCCB Fall ConferenceOctober 22-24, 2010
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Greatest ChallengeOne of the major problems
Summary of Active LearningStrategies
Inquiry Activities
Presentation Strategies
Reading Strategies
Conceptualization
Writing Strategies
Technology Connections
Connections to the RealWorld
Modeling
Active Assessment
 
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Inquiry Strategies
Labs, Labs, Labs
Launch Labs
Mini Labs
Full Labs
Data Analysis
Virtual Labs
Stations
Lab Practicals
Labs:An Integral Part Of The Lesson
Labs are not separate from the lesson.
Incorporate labs at the point oflearning.
Use labs constantly.
Analyze the data.
Incorporate the data and conclusions ofthe labs into the subsequent learning
Have students design their ownexperiments
Follow-up on Labs
Check forunderstanding onthe lab.
Give a lab quiz. Letstudents use theirlab papers.
Ask top-downquestions.
EXAMPLE
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Analyze your data by constructing a graph.(What is the best way to graph your data?)2. What are some possible sources ofunavoidable error in your design?3. Why were they present?4. How did your manipulation of the independentvariable affect the results?5. Connect the concepts and results to at leasttwo things in your daily life and explain theconnection.
Presentation ToolsTech to Try: Presentation Tools
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Presentation Tools -Hyperlinks
Method One: Insert Hyperlink Method Two: Go to AutoShapes and Insert anAction Button. It will allow you to insert aHyperlink 
Presentation Tools –SWF files
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Videos (Downloadable and Streaming)
Activities
Lesson Plans
 
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Videos (Downloadable and Streaming)
Activities
Lesson Plans
 
Active Reading / Note TakingStrategies
KWL
Word Splash
Anticipation Guides
Combination Notes
Cornell Notes
Active Reading Strategiescreate anticipation forreading selections andreflection on what studentshave read.

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