17 March 2009

science notebooks

been thinking a bit about science notebooks and why we should use them.  article by Gilbert and Kotelman was the seed for all this mulling. one of the 5 reasons these two educators put forth is that notebooks are a good place to not only record data and observations but also to ask questions . . . to wonder. 

by joining observations with wondering (about those observations), direction in learning and forming opinions and hypotheses can begin. 

without wondering/questioning, observations lack direction or purpose. 

perhaps Pooh had it right. i seem to remember that he would often "think, think, think" and then ask a question or 2.  all of which would lead to some sort of investigation or expoitition.

i never thought of Pooh as a scientist before!

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