Reflection: Trust and Respect Introduction to Scientific Inquiry: The Eight Essential Science Practices - Section 4: Instruction

 

Building a classroom community where students can work collaboratively is a lengthy process.  I used to think that I could just put my students together in a small group and they would quickly learn to work together productively.  I was sadly mistaken!  

I begin establishing a classroom community the very first day.  Before this first lesson, we have already worked in pairs and small groups to create posters that answer the questions, What makes a Quality Team/Team Member? In this lesson, I am introducing sentence stems that will allow my students to begin to incorporate the kinds of academic language that will help them to be successful in both oral and written language.  I know that many of my students, those who are English Language Learners, as well as those with low academic language due to poverty and other factors, need a "boost" in order to close that achievement gap.  

I also know that in order to teach hands-on, minds-on Science, I am going to need to trust that they can manage themselves when all sorts of tempting materials and situations present themselves.  They can't do that, if I don't teach them how.  This year, I have a number of students with behavioral and attention difficulties.  These always seem to come to the forefront when hands-on materials are involved, as it does give students more opportunities for error.  In order to provide more support for my students, I have created a Science Research Team Evaluation.  I can't be with each group every single moment, so this is a way that they can hold themselves and each other accountable.  It is also a way that I can track behavior, intervene as necessary, and provide a record of interventions for students who need to be referred to a child study team.

  Trust and Respect: Building a Collaborative Classroom Community
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Introduction to Scientific Inquiry: The Eight Essential Science Practices

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 2 of 22

Objective: SWBAT list and describe the eight essential Science Practices used in scientific inquiry.

Big Idea: What do scientists do, and how do they work? This engaging activity using chant, or rap, provides students with an overview of the eight essential Science Practices specified by the Next Generation Science Standards.

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