Moving from analysis to evaluation sure makes things more fun. Why? Check out these examples. Which would you rather answer?
We learn best when we’re interested in what we’re learning about. In a standards based classroom, however, it’s difficult to authorize science research about nuclear power plants when the science standards cover the parts of a plant. Rather than let students loose completely, consider giving them freedom within your grade-level curriculum. Allow students to generate questions and use those questions to drive your instruction.