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PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

Students are motivated to learn in the context of highly engaging and authentic “real-world” projects that guide instruction, serve to organize meaningful learning, and promote the excitement and joy of learning.

ACTIVE LEARNING

Students actively engage in science and engineering practices and mathematical reasoning to deepen their understanding of core ideas. Students work together to define problems, conduct investigations, make models, use computational thinking, write explanations, and discuss and present findings.

TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING

Our 21st century technology is designed to support a seamless implementation of our curricula. It includes all hands-on equipment needed for the classroom and top-of-the-line electronic books, probes, and mobile devices.

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Introduction

The content in InterActions in Physical Science is broken down into carefully crafted chapters of learning. Each chapter begins with a purpose followed by a Key Question. Students generate ideas and questions, then explore using the science practices. They record their results and, like scientists, they discuss their results with each other and as a class. Students also compare their ideas with real scientists.

InterActions pedagogy is research based.
The role of eliciting students’ prior knowledge is an important aspect of the pedagogy of InterActions. The appreciation of the importance of students’ initial ideas, as well as the need to reconcile those ideas with formal learning, guided the development of the InterActions curriculum.

InterActions is scaffolded.
The InterActions curriculum scaffolds challenging ideas and
 skills by initially providing extensive support and then gradually reducing this support in subsequent activities. InterActions is also hierarchical in that chapters and units build on one another.

InterActions recognizes the importance of social learning.
Scientific knowledge develops through collaboration as communities of scientists work together. In InterActions, students, like scientists, interact with their peers as they work in teams to do experiments and gather evidence, share ideas with their group, and participate in class discussions to build consensus ideas.

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