It's the sea, let it be?! : a Legacy Cycle curriculum

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2011-12

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It is incumbent upon teachers to reach out to students through methods that capitalize on the students' own motivations. Because of the diversity of self-referential personal styles of learning, reaching every student with a cookie-cutter approach to teaching is nearly impossible. This report explores the application of a type of problem-based learning known as "Legacy Cycles" that apply web technology to answer challenges presented as scenarios. The scenarios give students a similar experience to scientists pursuing investigation and research. Students then search for answers to questions, learn more about the processes being taught with hands-on activities, and prepare a product to demonstrate mastery of the content. In this example of the Legacy Cycle, three challenges are used to teach concepts of density, ocean currents and plastic pollution.

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