Pre-instruction. Nested discussion. Accessing background knowledge. Characterizing preconceptions. Developing questions. Baseline reflection. All based upon one word scrawled on the whiteboard: "EVOLUTION."
That was today's lesson in a nutshell. To some a serious of eduspeak buzzwords and catch-phrases. To others, a perfectly sensible introductory experience engineered to develop a rich baseline of thought on a tremendously complex and daunting subject: evolution.
The comments here are first thoughts on evolution, pre-instruction. Today was an ordered circus of silent independent reflection mixed with lineups, various pairings for 1:1 discussions, small group discussions, summative sharing of these discussions, followed by reflective "blogging" on preconceptions and questions for our study of biological evolution.
Below is a baseline to work from on the fundamental biological concept of evolution.......