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When teaching science in a co-op setting...


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Is it better to:


a.) have the students read the material first, discuss in class and do the experiment(s), or...


b.) teach the material before the students have read anything, do the experiments in class, then send them home to answer any questions?


I'll be teaching General Science at our co-op next year and trying to decide what will work best.


In the past, we've used the Young Apologia series written by Jeannie Fulbright. The kids have read the material beforehand. We come to class, discuss and dothe experiment.


Thanks for any input.



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I've always found (b) to be better because there is always a student or two who has not read the material.


Next year I may teach Physical Science in ours, and I'm pretty much planning to do (b), although I'm planning to require a lab notebook with some prewriting before each experiment. So I'll probably suggest a quick scan ahead of class, teach the material, and then go to the experiments.

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