Reflection: Routines and Procedures Cells: Protein Production Part 2 - Section 7: Guided

 

Using Name sticks is a great way to get away from normal boring question and answer sessions. 

There are a few hints that will help make the use of name sticks a powerful practice in your classroom.

1) Always ask the question before you pull out the stick.  This ensures that all students are listening to the question.  

2) Pair the name stick strategy with Think- pair- share.  The worst thing that can happen when you call on a student in class is for them to say "I don't know."  This leaves both the student and the teacher feeling helpless.  One way to reduce the IDKs is to have students first practice the answer with each other in a Think- Pair- Share.

3) Reward the students. Every time I ask students a question using a name stick, I reward them for their participation with a ROCK STAR SCIENTIST Ticket.  Participating in class by answering questions is scary.  Students deserve to be recognized for trying.

4) Using pacing and drama to build excitement.  I like to be a little bit of a game show host when I pull sticks.  This is fun and exciting!  Sometimes, if there is a birthday in the room I will bring up an assistant to pull the sticks for me.  This adds a flavor of drama and community to a Q&A session.

5) Write your questions before hand.  While there are times when I wing it...or questions that pop up at surprise moments, generally you will be better served with well written questions that are displayed on the screen.

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Cells: Protein Production Part 2

Unit 3: Life is Organized: Cells
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to understand the importance of proteins and the roles they play in the cells.

Big Idea: Proteins are products made by the cells.

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