When we try to teach *how science works* we present
the scientific 
method as a prepackaged recipe, or explain scientific facts. Neither shows students how to incorporate
scientific thinking in their daily lives. Something is missing
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We should be creating everyday scientific thinkers!

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Here's a solution. Many activities & assignments can also become practice of scientific thinking, when you overlay the four-step Improvement Kata pattern onto them. It's a practical scientific way of working that comes from research on adaptive organizations. It helps your students develop the following life skills as habits:

  • Scientific/Creative Thinking. Generate & refine solutions to obstacles through experimentation.

  • Collaboration. Work in a team to accomplish a next goal on the way to a larger challenge.

  • Communication. Organize thoughts, data and findings, and share them effectively.

You can read a KiC concept overview here.

The value of classroom activities depends on what thinking patterns students are practicing when they engage in them. This website gives you free materials & instructions for introducing the Improvement Kata to your classroom and adding it to nearly any activity. All it takes to get started is running the two fun, 50-minute hands-on exercises provided in this website. 

NO NEW CONTENT IS NEEDED. After you run the first exercise (KiC-1) to introduce
the Improvement Kata, you can start adding its 4-step pattern to assignments or
activities as a framework for working. Everything you need to get started with that
is on the "OVERLAY" page. Visit the "Examples" page to see how other educators have added the IK pattern to their activities.


Educators in all subjects and grades use the Improvement Kata to integrate deliberate practice of scientific-thinking skill in a variety of assignments & projects.

The puzzle used in the exercise
The puzzle used in the exercise

Kata in the Classroom

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An Experimenting Round
An Experimenting Round

Kata in the Classroom

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Simple Tools for Experimenting
Simple Tools for Experimenting

Kata in the Classroom

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The puzzle used in the exercise
The puzzle used in the exercise

Kata in the Classroom

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Start by watching this 2-minute video:
Click through this short SlideShare:

Copyright Information

 

The concepts and materials on this website are intended to support persons who are interested in teaching/practicing scientific thinking. The materials are periodically updated and are copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. You are free to copy, use, remix, transform, build upon and redistribute them as long as you note the source as katatogrow.com. The materials may not be used for sale. Rather, I encourage you to use and share them freely, so we may all continue to learn and the topic continues to evolve!