How We Express Ourselves

  • Central Idea:

    Humans can use a process of experimentation to investigate our universe and express ideas.

    Related Concepts:

    Space: the region beyond the earth's atmosphere

    Universe: the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated: cosmos

    Scientific Method: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing hypotheses

    Key Concepts:

    Form: "What is it like?" - describes features

    Function: "How does it work?" - why things work - reason

    Reflection: "How do we know?" - look back - it is important to reflect on our conclusions, to consider our methods of reasoning

    Learner Profile:

    Communicator: understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication

    Reflective: give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience

    Risk-Taker: have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies

    Approaches to Learning:

    Communication Skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, non-verbal

    Research Skills: formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting research

    Attitudes:

    Cooperation: Being cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands

    Integrity: Being honest and demonstration a considered sense of fairness

    Appreciation: Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people