Mason, Ariella


Hagemans, Mieke G., Van der Meij, Hans, & De Jong, Ton. (2013). The Effects of a Concept Map-Based Support Tool on Simulation-Based Inquiry Learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(1), 1-24

This study observes the effects of concept maps on inquiry learning environments. Study one found that students with color coded and non-colored concept maps performed better. The interesting part was that there was no difference in completed and incomplete assignments, rather the students with the concept map were found to more often go back and restudy the areas they got wrong. Study 2 discovered that any concept map can assist learning, and that the color coding and order of learning supplement each other.

I found this article useful because it describes how the way you show the student’s what they are learning can be of equal importance to how they learned. This article helped me in thinking of how to create rooms for KBCs for the projects in this class.


Stretch Students Logical Thinking

I always like to find fun ways to get students to think logically. I was looking for teaching strategies and I ran across these puzzles with links to more. I got them from Mind/Shift KQED News. I love this website for news and great articles.
I’ve always enjoyed logic puzzles. Have fun and share these with your students.

Two Puzzles to Stretch Students’ Logical Thinking