These engaging mini-posters, one pair for math and one pair for science, serve two purposes. They remind students of the differences between dry, answer-oriented content and creative, collaborative thinking. They also serve as a jumping-off point for discussions about their own work. They can assess themselves to see if they are being merely “Right Answer Robots” or true “Mathematical Thinkers” and “Scientific Thinkers”.
I've included a list of questions for math and science that can help you teach these great thinking skills.
Print and laminate the posters. Display in a center, on a bulletin board, or other area where students can easily reference them. Encourage students to refer to the posters before, during, and/or after selected activities and projects. Over time, they will be able to identify, and hopefully correct, “Right Answer Robot” behaviors, and become real “Mathematical Thinkers” and “Scientific Thinkers”!
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