importance of careful observation
is a verb-
a way of making predictions about the natural world
goal of science is to investigate and understand nature, to explain
events in nature, and to use those explanations to make useful predictions.
make observations to collect evidence, then attempt to interpret
the data to derive a hypothesis.
Schedule of Assignments-jd
Ask students to write down as many
questions as they can think of about the living world.
Give each student an acorn or maple seed- how does this become
a mighty tree? Where does the 'stuff' in the tree come from? How
would you test your theory?
different point of view-jm
Observation of Shell-jm
to observe what is really there.
is more than book-facts- read quote
from Charles Dickens
can draw, but not everybody’s going to make fine art. It’s
a discipline that should be taught as writing is taught. It’s
a discipline. And it isn’t about necessarily even expressing
yourself. It’s just about learning to really concentrate on
something. Learning to really look and ask questions, hard questions.
That’s to me what drawing is about. And sometimes you make
something that stands on its own ..."
necessitates looking and thinking. When I teach drawing, I must
constantly remind my students to distinguish between what they see
and what they think they see. Thinking — at least the lazy,
day-to-day kind of thinking — often gets in the way of the
drawing process, which requires a stubborn curiosity about why things
look they way they do. Nothing can be intelligently or intelligibly
recorded on a piece of paper unless true seeing occurs: first on
the part of the person making the picture, and then on the part
of the person reading it.
think all of us would be better off if everyone took the time to
draw, if for no other reason than the better we see, the more inevitable
curiosity becomes. Lack of curiosity is the first step towards visual
illiteracy — and by that I mean not really seeing what is
going on around us. On one level, avoidance of informed looking
and thinking results merely in inappropriate architecture, endless
rows of neon signs, advertising agencies, political-marketing consultants,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Barbie dolls, and Hallmark cards —
in general, mediocrity. But on another, much deeper level, it threatens
to turn us into isolated, insensitive, incapable, and ultimately
helpless victims of a world of increasing complexity and decreasing
David Macaulay, Author and artist
Classroom Rules and Procedures
Outline of course
What do you want to learn?
basic rules for the class-behavior, bathroom, lateness, what is
expected. Disruptive students will be removed from class. Will receive
0 for missed classwork unless made up within one week.
Clip from Infinity
on the importance of careful observation
1: Write a question about nature you don't know the answer
2: Seating preferences (3 choices)
drawing, bring in binders