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The Audience in Authentic Performance

As an emerging teacher I had a strong passion for project-based teaching and learning. I taught the life sciences, and this strategy made a great deal of sense to me. My students were engaged and were mostly interested in the classroom content and using it to help develop their products. I did not realize my issue with this strategy until years later as a facilitator of professional learning. My problem was that whenever I assigned a project, my students were creating this product for me. I had neglected an important aspect of project-based learning; the audience.

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Online Space Weather – Data Table – Using the Sunspot Numbers (Annual) (SIDC) Website

  • Launch the website: http://www.quandl.com/SIDC/SUNSPOTS_A-Sunspot-Numbers-Annual
  • When you open the page, in the middle of the page you will see inputs. You can put any date and year from 1700 forward.
  • First, you will want to put in a date in the From: category. The date must be put in as follows: year – month – date. An example of this would be: 1800–07-15.
  • Next, you will want to put in a date in the To: category. The date must be put in as follows: year – month – date. An example of this would be: 1820–07-15.
  • In the next two boxes you will select: Annual and No Transform.
  • At the bottom of the webpage; click on Show Data Table (20 Rows)
  • This information will provide you with the relative sunspot activity for each year of your search. From this you can create a graph to determine and show Solar Maximum and Solar Minimum as well as changes to the Sun’s activity during any 20 year period.
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