Why are MTV strategies so important to implement in our science classrooms?
- Learn more about students/ build deeper connections
- Pick the brain of our students
- Allow students to relate concepts to their life, in a way that making learning more meaningful for them
- Foster a culture where all perspectives are needed
- Heighten learning for all
- Allows students to connect with one another & build relationships
- Allows people to think through science phenomena in a new light
- Can spark the inquiry process and authentic questioning
- Can provide a platform or starting point thats sparks meaningful discussion
- Provides the teacher with insight to inform decision based around instruction and assessment
In this video below, Jesse Richardson talks about the discrepancy between being told what to think versus being taught how to think. I think he has a very refreshing take on many conversations we have had a class. I noticed connections from “Drive” and previous texts we have engaged with like scientific literacy, creativity, engaging students, etc.
MTV Strategy #1: Step Inside
What is “Step Inside”?
Just like it sounds, we ask our students to step inside the shoes of someone/something/ some situation or place that allows for a new lens to see or consider different points of views on various phenomena.
How can Step Inside be used in the science classroom?
Did I just hear someone say meet the scientist?!?! Meet the Scientist would be a perfect way to ask our students to really step inside the brain of a scientist of their choosing. Meet the Scientist could go many different ways, like a larger project, or we can shorten it up and make it work for a class period by asking students to role play and to talk and answer questions as if it was the scientist.
Another idea: Maybe you and your students are doing an environmental justice lesson, let’s say. In this instance, we could ask students to step in different roles (ex: community member, politician, a family who lives next to a polluting factory, etc.) and have students give their perspectives on various issues from their perspective. This could allow students to think about certain issues from a more holistic approach.
MTV Strategy #2: Connect – Extend – Challenge
This is a great strategy to use after your students engage with some sort of text such as a reading, video, presentation, etc. This is a really great thinking tool to allow students relate concepts from earlier in the course, or outside classes and other life experiences to the course content. This allows students to see the fluidity nature of thought and how perspectives and questions students didn’t even know they had can shift when presented with new material. This strategy allows us teachers to see evolution is student thinking. Powerful stuff!
MTV Strategy #3: The Explanation Game
This is a great strategy to use to get students to further explore and make sense of something or some object that they already have some sort of knowledge about. The best way to think about this strategy is to think about an example that could be used with students:
Say you present this object to your students…now have your students look closely at the object by making close observations and drawing explanations based on what they see and prior experiences with the object (with the use of logic, reasoning skills, application skills, etc.). The main goal here is to get students to see how different parts function (in this example with a microscope) and build a greater understanding regarding the relationship of various parts to the whole object.