Motion in the Ocean (397kb)
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I believe that the student inquiry meet upper levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, as I saw self questioning and discovery throughout the lesson. I allowed my classes to discuss parts of the lesson in small cooperative learning groups. This reinforced their learning and gave them the confidence that they were on the right track.
As a teacher, I enjoyed seeing my students discover the facts about tides and currents on their own. Their individual inquiry develops their cognitive thinking much more than lecturing to them about a particular subject. I was also fond of how the lesson pulled in everyday uses of tides and currents with the marine navigation information and calculating waves. Being close to the coast I have students who are thinking about becoming harbor pilots and this gave them a small glance into that world.