Why is the sand hot at the beach? Why are ash trees dying in Tennessee? Why do most adults around the world get a stomachache when they drink milk? With the recent implementation of new practice-focused science standards in Tennessee and across the country, phenomena-based learning has emerged as an effective way of helping students make sense of science in their everyday lives. In this approach, students observe a natural phenomenon and investigate why it occurs- an approach that mirrors how actual scientists find answers through reasoning and inquiry. Using phenomena as an anchor for science learning taps into students' natural desire to understand the world they live in and motivates students to figure out how and why something happens.
Join Dr. Kara Krinks from Lipscomb University for the next Ayers Institute Webinar: "Phenomena-based Learning in K-12 Science Classrooms" as she shares various examples and practical strategies to implement this approach in elementary and secondary science classrooms.
Julia Osteen, Technology Integration Specialist