Re: Single sex education

Date: Mon Feb 28 2000 - 11:35:44 EST

  • Next message: "Dialogue on Equity in Educational Assessment"

    On strategy that I have found useful is to reduce competition in the
    classroom. Whether you use groups or work individually, have students
    "compete" against a set of standards where all who reach the standards are

    An example: Students are challenged to launch a water bottle rocket to 30
    meters. An egg is attached in a payload bay of their own design and the egg
    must return intact. Students must design a rocket/payload that reaches the
    desired height and returns the egg safely. They soon find that the highest
    rocket has a better chance of destroying the payload so will work to find
    that fine line where they will meet the requirements of height while
    ensuring the survivability of the egg.

    This activity is usually conducted by having students see who can shoot the
    rocket the highest, thus having one "winner." It's a lot more dramatic, but
    the thinking involved in the first example is more sophisticated..and has
    the potential for everyone being a winner.

    I find girls to be more engaged and to share information with other groups
    who are struggling. They become learners and teachers as well.

    Everyone a winner? What a revolutionary idea!


    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Mon Feb 28 2000 - 11:35:58 EST