Mr. Fallon attended a Maker's Learning breakout group during Project Zero this May. He got so excited that he went out and immediately bought dozen of solar powered flowers. With only two weeks left in the year, Mr. Fallon wedged this last project in before the finals. This is such a pure example of student-centered learning. Essentially, the assignment is this: here is a solar powered flower. Take it apart and tell me how it works. Mr. Fallon was most impressed with the depth of their analysis and using student created experiments and test to formulate and test theories. Awesome!
After the experimenting and documenting by the students, Mr. Fallon does his "Fallon Thinking Routine." Using 3X4' whiteboards, the students do the white board presentations to each other. The students decide which presentation and analysis demonstrates the best theory and analysis. Click the image for the lesson.