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Experience is often thought of as learning the hard way, but it is the contention of this teaching unit that in the context of the classroom, it is the easiest way to motivate and turn bored students into active learners. The typical approach of teaching theory first and then doing occasional lab work as illustrations of theory is a mistake because cognition is dogma unless it acts from within an immediate experience. The idea is presented to teachers to test for themselves. The unit consists of nine lessons that follow an imaginary journey of some water molecules through the hydrological cycle. The content is standard, but the approach is novel.
(Recommended for Chemistry, grades 10-11, and Environmental Science, grades 9-12)
Chemistry Hydrological Cycle Environment