Steve O'Brien, The College of New Jersey posted a question on "Ask a Question"

PostedTuesday, May 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Boeing finished ~10 curr. units. What do you think? Content? Lesson format? Progression? Interesting for students?
See curriculum here:

These units were developed with Teacher-Engineer teams. 
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  • Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 12:08 PM
    Hi Steve,
    I've had a chance to review the materials at some length and there is some really wonderful resources and activities in the units. They are a great start and could provide an already master teacher with another "Tool in the toolbox" for STEM instruction. In terms of critiques, the units and lessons lack a sound instructional model for lesson structure and intended delivery. When a lesson starts off with "Silent Reading Time", several red flags immediately start to pop up. Additionally, I think the reading level and resources need to be adjusted by the teacher. Some of the readings are suggested for 6th graders but are clearly for older audiences (several from academic publications). Those nit-picking critiques aside, the units really are a great resource. The videos are a nice add to give you an idea of where the lessons/units came from. Good Stuff! Thanks for sharing!
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