Jan 08, 2021

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Meet Laura and Amber!

Laura Musser is a science consultant who has taught middle school science and K-12 gifted education. Amber Bridge is a digital learning consultant and former middle school science teacher. Together they're kicking off the first Saturday Snippet, bite sized info for GWAEA educators. This month's content will focus on teaching science in a blended learning environment.

What is Phenomena-Based Teaching?

Phenomena-based teaching is using a highly engaging image, video, data set or visual observation as a way to get students to start asking questions about “What is happening?” or “Why is this happening?” The core of this concept is for learners to embrace how they can learn more to be able to explain what is happening.

Check out the photo of this phenomenon and question what it makes you wonder about.

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Ice crystal phenomena

How Could Phenomena Work in Blended Learning?

• The process of developing an explanation for a phenomenon should advance students’ understandings. If students already need to know the target knowledge before they can inquire about the phenomenon, then the phenomenon is not appropriate for initial instruction (although it might be useful for assessment). (Next Gen Science)

• Students’ questions can guide the stations and learning experiences they would participate in to help them to make meaning of what is happening in this phenomenon.

• You could use multiple phenomena at different stations to help personalize the experiences for the students

• An anchoring phenomenon is one that is often revisited by students throughout a unit to build knowledge and help students make sense of what is happening in the phenomena.

Interested in learning more about what makes a good phenomena?

Resource Snippets

Category: The Linker Science