Mentor Roadmaps - PlantingScience and the Scientist Mentor Role
The purpose of the asynchronous blog/online conversation is to provide one-on-one conversation between scientists and students. Through the conversation, students have opportunities to reflect on their evolving understanding, use you as a sounding board for their ideas and thinking, and enrich their knowledge of plants in their everyday lives and in life on Earth.
You help students to:
- See the Fun and Interesting Side of Plant Science
- Students are fascinated by “Did you know…?” such as historical tidbits or “science facts.”
- Connect to the gizmos and travel of scientific endeavors.
- Connect to current social issues of life problems.
- See Scientists as Someone Like Them
- How you decided to become a scientist
- Your life stories/experiences
- How you face struggles in science
- Visualize Everyday Experiences with Plants
- When you walk home from the school bus stop, what plants do you see? Do you have plants at home? (Help students situate their thinking in a familiar place)
- What have you done with plants in school this year?
- Put Forward and “Unpack” their Ideas About Biology Content
- How do you think [insert vocabulary word or idea student is using] means?
- How do you think that works?
- Be More Reflective About their Ideas and Reasoning
- I’m trying to understand what you mean by XXX. Tell me more.
- How does XXX relate to YYY?
- Use Data as Evidence in Making their Emerging Models More Sophisticated
- What did you see? What didn’t you see?
- Does this make sense with how you think photosynthesis [or XXX] works? Why or why not?
- In your mind, is this the only possible explanation? What are alternative explanations?
- Recognize Conflicts Between their Emerging Ideas, their Everyday Experiences, and Data
- So if carbon dioxide is a gas, does it have mass? Does it take up space? What about when it is inside a plant?
- Does that mean [contrast two claims]?
- Reason About Cause-and-Effect Relationships and Build Mental Models
- Does that mean that if [claim/idea #1] is true, then XXX should [also be true/happen]?
- If A and B are true, what does this say about what happens when [condition]?