Typically, how many labs do you do in your science unit? Usually, I have my students do one or two in a unit before we move on to the next concept. This year, I’ve been able to do 36! Well, technically not me — my students have. And they did it by using Agile methodologies in class.
I teach six rotations of 7th-grade science. In each class, there were six teams. Each team was assigned to explain a specific aspect of our unit about rocks and minerals, their differences, and how they are used in the real world:
- How Do Rocks Form?
- How Do Minerals Form?
- What Are The Differences Between Rocks and Minerals That Affect How They Are Used In The Real World?
- How Are Rocks Used In the Real World?
- How Are Minerals Used In the Real World?
- Why Are Other Substances NOT Rocks Or Minerals?
Each team was required to develop a hands-on activity or lab as a part of their lesson. At first, they were confused. Many of them asked, “Wait… WE have to come up with a lab?” I loved that part — that healthy anxiety that produces great results. They didn’t realize…