P680: Use of a science writing heuristic experiment as the model for a POGIL classroom activity

Author: Brandon Fetterly, University of Wisconsin-Richland, USA

Co-Author: Kathy A. Burke and Thomas J. Greenbowe, Iowa State University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 10:35 AM10:55 AM

Room: MAN 122

Related Symposium: S15

The use of models to build student understanding distinguishes a classroom utilizing POGIL from traditional classrooms. In current published activities, models are presented to students through written material or printed figures. In order to better develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, the observations gained in an exploratory laboratory experiment utilizing the Science Writing Heuristic are used to build the model for a POGIL classroom activity in the following session. The key tasks in the SWH of communicating observations and cooperating to develop claims based on evidence helps to form the model in the mind of the learner. Reflective reading creates a link to classroom work. This methodology will be shown using observations from an electrochemistry experiment to build a model for classroom work on the activity series.