Participating in activities that arouse one's curiosity will help encourage a continuous state of inquiry. Exposing oneself to new information that warrants further questioning often leads to forming a hypothesis. As more information is gained and more questions arise, predictions are naturally made. A participant in good science process skills will often begin an experiment with a hypothesis, stemming from a situation where information was gained and a prediction was made about why things are how they are.
Today we continued our class discussion on what Science is...It is exciting helping students see that Science is all around us in the natural world, and is all about wondering and having an inquiring mind
as a basis for further research. Yes, it does require organizational skills, patience, and perseverance for completing accurate repeated trials to check the validity of one's hypothesis, but without the keen observation and imagination of great scientists that came before us, the technology we have today might not be around!
Today in class, we discussed the meaning of individual learning styles, and took a brief learning styles survey in class. Students are asked to research a website called VARK http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=younger
that offers a more extensive, and age-appropriate questionnaire to explore this further.
In order to utilize this knowledge students need to know how to apply it. This particular website offers some valuable strategies for studying to students who have identified their preferred learning style.
Homework: After visiting the site and taking the additional survey for younger people (aged 12-18), please go HERE and select the name of your dominant style.
http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=younger Left side of home page