Reflection: Checks for Understanding Cells to Tissues to Organs - Section 5: Closure


When I first came across Page Keeley's series "Uncovering Students Ideas in Science", I used the probes to pinpoint what my students thought before a lesson or unit. I did not review the probe until after the students had left the room, and used what I saw to adjust my teaching for the next day. I gave them back the next day with feedback (or not), but did not give the students the opportunity to actually revise their answers. This practice did not give the students much ownership of the revision process. I was leaving the thought revision that the students had actually undergone in class without any tangible documentation. 

As I've become more familiar with this probing strategy, I started adding the revision by students at the end of the lesson. This allows the students to document how their ideas changed because of what they learned that day (probe 1probe 2probe 3), and gave the students ownership of the process. The metacognition achieved through the process of "I used to think __, but because I participated in the lesson I now know ___," provides a more thorough understanding of what happened in class.

  Checks for Understanding: The power of the probe
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Cells to Tissues to Organs

Unit 5: Human Body 2.0
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to relate single cells to tissues to organs to organ systems to an organism by creating an analogy using a model train.

Big Idea: Body systems are made of tiny parts working together.

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