Bio and Chem Labs

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by MonicaWinter, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. MonicaWinter

    MonicaWinter Rookie

    May 16, 2014
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    Jun 11, 2014

    How often do you have labs? I remember having them pretty often in HS, but there seems to be a variety of answers on the threads I've read here.

    CCSS-WV says a student should "engage in active inquiries, investigations and hands-on activities for a minimum of 50% of the instructional time." This seems excessive, IMO. We didn't even do that in college and I majored in Biology!

    I'm thinking 4-5 labs over the course of a 9 week semester? Some might be demo labs, or easy ones like examining pre-made slides under a microscope. I suppose it also depends on the budget the school has; I'm looking at very low income areas, so I'm not even sure what resources would be available.
  3. 2ndTimeAround

    2ndTimeAround Phenom

    Aug 10, 2010
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    Jun 14, 2014

    50 percent is excessive. clearly written by someone who has not taught a high school science course!

    However, you quote does not say 50% of the course should be LABS. A hands-on activity could be using models, creating models, playing a matching game with vocab, etc."

    I would NEVER cover the standards in half the semester.

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