I switched to coffee shop style flexible seating in my chemistry classroom, which means that:
- Students face each other and not necessarily me or the front of the classroom.
- I have to be intentional about building collaboration into my lessons and teaching students to collaborate..
- I have to change the way I deliver much of the instruction and look for ways to change my teaching to fit the environment my students and I suddenly found ourselves in.
Today, I decided to let my students "Google It." They already learn this way outside of school, so why not let them inside? I too learn a lot of things by Googling or YouTubing them. If learning this way is something students already do, they can benefit from it, and I can curate it, why not do it?
The new concept to learn was "Isotopes." We did a bell ringer activity to review from the day before and got right into it. Here are the directions I gave: