Step 1: Pre-Lab Discussion

The following is a list of aspects of a pre-laboratory discussion guided, but not overtly directed, by an instructor.

  • Discuss beginning questions (as a class)
  • Discuss safety and procedural concerns (as a class)
  • Assign their own work groups (usually pairs or groups of four, depending on the task)
  • Decide what data to gather and how to accomplish it
  • Prepare a classroom data grid to be completed by the different collaborating groups
  • Determine among themselves which group(s) should be responsible for individual tasks—collecting original data, making replications, etc.