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ERIC Number: ED226346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Where the Real Things Are.
Petry, Anne K.
When teachers present students with real topics in science and social studies instead of artificial, abstract writing exercises, the students will both develop and extend their interests and learn to think and communicate clearly about them. Choosing such a topic provides an opportunity to discuss student interests. Next, list building and small group discussion can be used to find out what the children know about the topic and how their knowledge is organized. When new information is presented, the teacher must guide the children's observation, stressing capacity for appreciation as well as accuracy and keenness. Children should be encouraged to use more and more properties to classify data and to realize that there is no single "right" way to classify. Recording what they have classified helps children remember what they have learned and is in itself a way to communicate clearly to others. Questions encourage students to hypothesize and help them understand the process of decision making. The way a teacher presents data can help students realize that inferences are not absolute truths and that there is room for opposite opinions. A reprise exercise reviewing the steps that led to a hypothesis and repeating the opening listing activity provide effective reminders of how far the students have come. An inquiry nearing completion also points the way to the next one. (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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