Academic Rigor -- Ask a QuestionI don't exactly understand what this passage means, possibly because I don't know what happens in a "recipe lab."
In addition to mapping from state content standards, we use inquiry as driver for almost all projects, units and lessons. A physics teacher who has a solid lab unit on bridges need only change the focus. Instead of a recipe lab that produces structurally strong bridges, she can ask the students the question, “What is the best structural design to produce the strongest bridge?” She can teach the content as she always has but now students will need to apply that knowledge to their bridge design. Not all of the bridge designs will be strong but many will. Most importantly, the students will own the content because they applied it.
Do teachers teaching "recipe labs" not ask questions?
And if the teacher teaches the lesson the way she has always taught the lesson, i.e. as a recipe, how does explicitly asking the question "What is the best structural design to produce the strongest bridge?" transform the activity into a project instead of a recipe?
And what does own the content mean?
If own the content means remember the content, it's rare to remember content you've practiced just once.
If own the content means understand the content, the same principle applies: once you forget the details of what you did, you may still have a feeling of understanding, but if you had to explain the concept to another person you couldn't do it.
I know this from long personal experience.
The feeling of understanding is not the same thing as understanding.