Interview with Mike Mohammad: Inviting Students to Dig Into Thinking Like Scientists

We are thrilled to present our interview with Mike Mohammad. Mike has been a secondary educator for 16 years, 12 of which have been at Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, Wisc. His interests in education focus on putting students at the center of their own learning experience.

Mike invites us into his AP Physics class and shares how he has made a shift from a totally teacher generated curriculum to one in which students are invited to dig into thinking as scientists. He describes how he incorporates the habits of mind that a scientist needs as they are invited to wonder, question, investigate, and communicate about the critical science concepts in his curriculum.

He developed an impressive organizer for his students that he is happy to share with all of you. When you open this document, take a look at the three tabs on the bottom.

  • First, Mike described each of the Scientific Practices from NGSS and made direct connections to Performance Expectations for his students.
  • The second tab is his thoughtful integration of the scientific practices with habits of mind.
  • Finally, the third tab is how he is imagining possible challenges with students that align with the Scientific Practices and Habits of Mind.

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