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Omaha, Nebraska

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Turning the Tables: Letting Middle Schoolers Teach College Students Science
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 6:00 PM -6:45 PM
  Author: Jon Gaffney, University of Kentucky
(724)601-5936, jon.gaffney@uky.edu
  Co-Author(s): Paul Broderson
  Abstract: Seventh graders at a local, low-income serving middle school developed instructional presentations for simple natural phenomena such as acid/base reactions and crushing soft drink cans. Typically, they share these interactive lessons with elementary school students. However, I invited them to turn the tables on my students, elementary education majors enrolled in a required physics course during the spring of 2011. The 7th graders taught their lessons to the future teachers, demonstrating an energizing confidence and enthusiasm. The activities encouraged the pre-service teachers to think about science in new ways, and many even reported the visit as being their favorite day of class. Hopefully, we will be able to capture and build upon that enthusiasm. In the future, we intend more reciprocal visits, where the middle school students get to both teach and learn physics lessons from the university students.
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