On evoking higher order thinking from our students

by Cathy Boucvalt, a teacher at the Curtis School in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The concept of bringing math and science together and helping evoke thinking outside of the box, sadly, we don’t have too often in the classroom.

Our students are programmed to memorize, regurgitate, and proceed on with “learning” more.  Have we stopped them from actually dwelling and expanding on ideas without fear of being “stupid”?

Common Core, LEAP, and other current educational parameters are encouraging  educators to “teach to the test” rather than inspiring the young minds of our world.  We judge someone by their ACT, SAT, Standardized Tests, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc..

Let us all evoke higher order thinking from our students.

The Big Board – little universe  (BB-lu) uses base units (familiar term in middle school and above) and brings them to “life” in an understandable perspective. The Big Board – little universe,  in a quantifiable way, allows people to look at the most simple beginnings (the Planck base units) and logically expand out from there.

Could there possibly be any other model that actually explains so much in such simple terms?  I suspect not.  About   Home

Notations 83 down to 66 (out of 1-to-202)

 Please note: Chart the five Planck base units, Planck Length & Time and Planck Length The first number, the Notation (out of total of 202), is also the number of times the Planck Length has been doubled. 83:  .156309264 nanometers or 1.56309264×10-10meters 82:  7.81546348×10-11m 81:  3.90773174×10-11m 80:  1.95386587×10-11m 79:  9.76932936×10-12m 78:  4.88466468×10-12m 77: 2.44233234×10-12 m 76: 1.22116×10-12m 75:  6.10583084×10-13m 74:  3.05291542×10-13m 73:  1.52645771×10-13m 72:  7.63228856×10-14m 71:  3.81614428×10-14m 70:  1.9080×10-14 meters 69:  9.54036072×10-15m 68:  4.77018036×10-15m 67:  2.38509018×10-15m 66:  1.19254509×10-15 m Return to: Big Board-little universe Order in Universe Universe Table This image below is from a PPT chart, a presentation of physicist, Prof. Dr. Emily L. Nurse.  She first gave it as a Masterclass in Manchester University back in 2005.  Dr. Prof. Nurse is affiliated with University College London, Fermilab in Chicago, and CERN Laboratories, Atlas Project, in Geneva.