Does Minds*On Physics answer the call of the National Science Education Standards
|When the standards say...
||Minds•On Physics replies...
|Science is for all students.
||Everyone can learn physics. The MOP program presents physics as an exercise in analyzing and solving problems.
|Learning is an active process.
||Since students learn in different ways, MOP offers a wide variety of activities so that every student experiences success.
|Teachers should focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.
||MOP minimizes lecturing and maximizes student-student / student-teacher interaction.
|Teachers should orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.
||MOP activities and discussion are student-driven; students are active participants in their own learning.
|Achievement data collected should focus on the science content that is most important for students to learn.
||MOP advocates a departure from the static, such as memorizing facts, to the dynamic, such as reasoning skill development.
|Equal attention must be given to the assessment of opportunity to learn and to the assessment of student achievement.
||MOP activities are a continuous formative assessment of student thinking.
|Assessment tasks should be authentic.
||MOP mimics professional science.
|All students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
||MOP activities promote individual skills needed to do science, including both operational and critical thinking skills.
We developed Minds•On Physics with curriculum reform in mind. The
program builds upon and expands students' knowledge about the physical
world, getting students to think about and do science in a way that is
meaningful to them.