Generating and Testing Hypotheses (Module 7)

When thinking about the world hypothesis, our brains naturally are triggered into thinking about scientific investigation. “generating and testing hypotheses applies knowledge by using two thinking processes that can be used alone or in tandem with each other. one of these processes is deduction, which involves using general rules to make a prediction about a future event or action. induction, involves making inferences that are based on knowledge that students already have or information that is presented to them” (Dean, 2012).

I mentioned this in my previous blog in regards to finding similarities and differences, but hypothesizing is another way to help our youth understand and interpret events happening around them. It is because of this reason that using hypothesizing is something that needs to be a part of every classroom. In my art classroom, it could be something as simply as the color wheel. Asking students to predict what kind of color would be created with the combination of several is a way to not only meet state standards for the visual arts, but also asks students to perform tasks and come to their own conclusions rather than simply being instructed by a teacher.

Dean, C. (2012). Classroom instruction that works research-based strategies for increasing student achievement (Revised/Expanded ed.). Alexandria, Va.: ASCD.


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