Power of WeatherBlur – SMART

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A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., on education resonated with me and made me think of WeatherBlur (WB).  

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…We must remember that intelligence is not enough.  Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education” (Maroon Tiger January-February 1947; Morehouse College, Altana, GA).

I think WB program and teachers are meeting Dr. King’s idea of the purpose of education.  This is evident by the stages of the WB process from iWonder to a SMART question, Investigate, Explore Data and Act.  The WB program helps teachers create an engaging learning environment, so students learn critical thinking, knowledge about their local area, and 7-character traits of education (grit, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, zest, optimism, and gratitude), of which are made to last a lifetime.  

For the first time due to the changes in schooling this year, I can involve my three sons (2nd, 3rd, and 8th grade) and do the WB Program together.  This gives my sons the opportunity to meet Dr. King’s ‘goal of true education’.  We have moved through the iWonder stage offline and now are working on our SMART question.  As a scientist, I see the SMART Question as a hypothesis that is multi-grade level friendly, but I still struggle in how to help them without just formulating the SMART question myself.  I decided to create a worksheet on helping them write their own SMART Question and to ensure it meets the criteria outlined on the WB website.  

Attached is the SMART Question Worksheet you could use to help finalize your student’s SMART questions for their future investigation. (Click here)

Keep up the amazing work cultivating intelligence and character in the primary and secondary education of today’s youth.

Nikki, WB Scientist

22 Jan 2021

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