An wonderful global project in a High School science classroom:
This is a wonderful project, and I am so glad that you have outlined just how it has worked within your classroom so that others may follow in your footsteps. However, I take issue with this statement: “But for now, the science can wait.” I do not believe that is what you are doing. I believe “the science” is happening throughout this period of connecting the dots and understanding where your data is coming from. You are making “the science” relevant to the students’ every day lives. This is authentic learning, and it is a great example of creating context for your content.
I would encourage you to think about this important work as part of your discipline as a science teacher. Connecting and making meaning are all over the science standards, and you are doing just that. Please don’t let anyone tell you that you need to “get back to the science” when you tell them about this project. Your kids are finding their global reach and voice, and I think it should be celebrated.