Reflection: Checks for Understanding Scientists Collaborate - Section 6: Evaluate


 I use the Quick Write / Quick Draw Strategy often, for several reasons:

  • It encourages writing as a habit or practice.
  • It promotes critical thinking and gives students time to collect thoughts before verbalizing to others
  • It provides visual students the opportunity to connect learning to a mental image, which they can then put on paper.

As I mentioned in the "Engagement" section, I expected students to return to the Venn diagram and be able to identify how the pictures of the athletes related to collaboration. The first time I taught this lesson, I framed the question a little too vaguely, asking the students to elaborate on how the images were similar or different.  Many students still provided surface responses and did not relate their new learning to the task. Once I re-framed the question, asking them what the images had to do with collaboration, many students began to make connections. I still needed to provide some additional prompting to a few students, so I would ask the following:

  • Do both of these athletes need to collaborate to meet a goal?
  • Do one of these athletes collaborate more than others?

Once I prompted with these questions, all of my students were able to make connections between the sports collaboration.  After they made those connections, it was easy for them to begin to draw other examples and non-examples. Because many students stuck with the sports theme in their drawings, I started casually mentioning or displaying some of the non-athletic examples from student work under the doc cam. This prompted students to think out of the box and come up with several other examples. One student related it to dance, comparing ballroom dance partners with tap dancers, who usually dance alone. This was a great non-sports example to share with the class, and it demonstrated that this student truly understood what collaboration means, as she could create other real world examples.

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  Checks for Understanding: Quick Write / Quick Draw
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Scientists Collaborate

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify and create examples and non-examples of collaboration, and effectively collaborate with their peers to complete a shared task.

Big Idea: Scientists must work together and share ideas in order to construct knowledge and develop deeper understanding. There are certain guidelines all scientists must adhere to in order to collaborate peacefully and productively.

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Collaboration Strategies, Science, Nature of Science, WHST.6
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