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Assignment 1: generating themes

Assignment 1: Generating Themes


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GOAL: To generate useable themes for your classroom and to engage your students in the planning process.

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Assignment 1: Generating Themes

  • Write a list of 5 possible themes for your class.
  • Next to each of the 5 themes, quickly write one phrase or sentence describing it further.
  • Look at your list, and choose one. Write 3-4 sentences telling more about it. Why might it be a useful theme? How does it fit into your overall educational plan?
  • Choose another theme from your list and write 3-4 sentences telling more about it.
  • Ask your students what themes they are interested in exploring. Provide a written list of their responses.

The role of archetypes

What is an archetype?

An archetype is a mythic figure or image (either real, imagined, or historic) that can serve as a guide for students in theirlearning; in this way it is similar to thematic-based learning. For example, a teacher might introduce to the students the life and work ofLeonardo Da Vinci, a fifteenth-century Italian scientist, inventor, and artist. The teacher might share the fact that Da Vinci wrote in notebooks,and that these notebooks were a place for him to record his observations such as the movement of water or the flight of birds. Da Vinci's notebooks became aplace where he could think about questions like: how does a bird's wing help a bird to fly? In addition, when he pondered a question or idea, Da Vinci rarelylooked at it from a single perspective. In his notebooks, you see sketches of the same flower or a bird's wing drawn from several different points of view.

Da Vinci was an observer . Da Vinci was a recorder . Da Vinci asked questions . Da Vinci was curious . Da Vinci was multi-dimensional learner in looking at things from several points of view.

Whether you are teaching science, math, art, language, or any other subject a teacher can always refer to the qualitiesthat Da Vinci embodied as a way of guiding students in their studies.

An image works just as well. For example, a teacher might use the image of a tree as the guiding idea or theme - with itstransportation system within for making and carrying food; for the physical structure of its roots, trunk, branches and leaves; as well as forthe interdependent, living ecological systems it supports and sustains.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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