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Title of the Experience
A lot of work, lack of time
Name of the teacher
Monika Pawluś
Country where it took place
School typology
Lower Secondary School
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Probably most of the teachers faced the problem of shortage of time to deliver the whole material in time. I had planned to deliver the topic on sugars in the third grade lower secondary school within 3 lessons. It turned out that because two lessons were cancelled I had to deliver the topic at one lesson to catch up before the final school exam. My reliable way to transfer a big piece of content in short time is to work in groups, which has proved its effectiveness. First, the students draw of numbers, assigning them to different groups. Each group received a work sheet and a substance to test on watch glass. The first group received glucose, the second - sucrose, and the third group - the starch. The work sheets contained the topics that had to be developed on the basis of the manual, and the test substance. The topics included a.e.: nomenclature, molecular formulas, the properties of the substances. In the case of sucrose and starch should save the hydrolysis reaction equation. The third group had with iodine to detect the presence of starch in the potato. By studying the properties of the substance, the students used the prepared tube and studied the solubility of sugar in water. After completing the task, all the students received two other work sheets. Then the group leaders presented the developed topics, before they went around the classroom to show their peers the tested substance. In the meantime, each student completed card with sugar, which he/she was lacking. Students, who didn’t finish on time, were able to use cell phones and take a picture, so that all could gain from the lesson knowledge regarding glucose, sucrose and starch. At the end the group work was assessed. Each student finished the lesson with good grade. At home students had to develop cellulose. That’s how I managed to complete the implementation of the curriculum.

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Date: 2015.10.06

Posted by Maria Deptuła- Chocholska (Polska)

Praca zespołowa jest istotnym elementem "ratowania" się w momencie dużej ilości materiału, ale także bardzo ważnym sposobem na zmotywowanie grupy. Przy podziale zadań zawsze staram się o to by liderzy grup zmieniali się i aby każdy miał możliwość wystąpienia w tej roli. Istotne jest także przekazanie całej klasie zdobytej wiedzy- w zależności od ilości materiału jest to mail albo przesłanie go do "chmury".

Date: 2014.11.09

Posted by Katarína Javorová (Slovakia)

It is an interesting experience, a good idea for teachers. I use group work and laboratory exercises very often during my classes. There are numbers of reasons why, as well as in the experience; the main is to save the time. Chemistry at the elementary school has limited number of lessons (usually it is 1 hour per week, in the 8th grade 2 hours per week). Another reason is that through the group work, pupils will learn much more than when using the frontal or individual learning. I can confirm that group work in classes of Chemistry is very effective, if working groups are properly set up and roles are well-defined. Pupils enjoy working in groups, especially if they have the opportunity to explore something, to do different experiments and to try to find a solution to the problem. Using peer learning students can better understand the subject matter, for them full of new concepts and terms.

Date: 2014.10.29

Posted by Petru Raducanu (Romania)

Excellent idea! Not having enough time is a problem, whose solution can be which group work.

Date: 2014.09.29

Posted by Amparo Viña (Spain)

In the process of learning, teamwork is essential and in certain contexts, such as the example, better results than other methods such as individual work are obtained. Group work can optimize resources, improve student motivation, can be a time saver in this case and helps students to share knowledge and experiences. The workshop chemistry many times do group work, and not for the time savings that may involve but because resources are limited for certain experiments and is the only way to realize them in an appropriate way.
As regards the exchange of information between the different groups, it is desirable and necessary, because the same experiment carried out by two different groups allows to analyze the results from several approaches, and allows distributing the workload among multiple groups.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.