Reflection: Accountability Responding to Events- 1 - Section 2: Hook


When I assessed the understanding of students on the levels of organization on the last test, I was shocked that they STILL didn't understand this concept, even at a low level.  I think all teachers have this situation where they have taught material and it seems like the students are stubbornly NOT learning it.  There are times when looking at results that I just want to tear my hair out and ask, "Why haven't they learned it yet?"

After much reflection, I think students have been trained from a very young age that the best response to being asked to learn something is to just drift along.   Especially with kids living in poverty, there is a level of inertia that the teacher has to overcome for students to learn.  Some of this push can come from engaging lessons or purposeful instruction, but some of it simply has to come from the teacher not accepting non-learning.  

To help with this problem, I have set up a structure in my class using standards-based grading.  Any student that is not proficient on any assignment of the last week is "invited" into recess for the following week.  The students that really need help are happy to get help.  The students that were just not learning because it was hard, suddenly find that it is harder NOT to learn.  By doing this, I was able to cut the number of D's and F's in my class in half in a month.  More importantly, the atmosphere of class was totally different.  Students understood that they were full partners in learning and needed to be present.

  Why don't they know this?????
  Accountability: Why don't they know this?????
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Responding to Events- 1

Unit 4: Life is Organized: Systems and Cells
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to use a textbook to gather information about the structure and function of the organs in the nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems

Big Idea: AHHHHHHH! A lion! Fight or Flight?

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