Science 8 – Students have finished their infectious disease projects and the results were kind of mixed. In many ways, lots of students did a good job. However, the reports were essentially a rephrasing of encyclopedia entries. I ran the reports through TurnItIn, and there was very little copying, so that was nice. But the reports were pretty sterile and didn’t convince me that the students neccessarily knew the things they were reporting on. To offer a different view in talking about disease, we are going to watch the movie Contagion. It is very realistic (or so I’ve read) and covers many of the topics we are covering in class. It will be interesting to see what the students think.
Rather than have students fill out some type of worksheet for the movie, I will have two closing activities which I will blog about afterwords.