You only thought you knew how a hand lens, a jeweler’s loupe or a digital microscope could impact your classroom. Think again. Yes, these magnification tools are the vehicles to an amazing and underexplored world, but their engine is fueled by QUESTIONS that lead explorers to jettison beyond simple observations and hurtle toward theorizing. How?
Use these magnification tools to journey into the world of the unseen; Slide down the pistil into a flower, tread lightly over a butterfly wing, stroll through sand boulders, and peer into the mouth of a starfish. The available journeys are endless, but the experience doesn’t stop there.
When students of different ages, learning styles, and cognitive abilities are taught to ask effective questions, they learn to interact with their observations in such a way that the practice of observing, writing, inferring, comparing, using advanced vocabulary, and theorizing becomes second nature. Student thinking is stretched and completely transformed, and their understanding of the form and function of the world is exponentially improved.
Building these habits while keeping students engaged in this new micro-world for longer than you ever thought possible will elevate their performance across the curriculum to new heights.