Reflection: Student Feedback This Bear is Different...Exploring the Polar Bear - Section 2: Engage


At one point, I did actually stop the questions long enough to have a conversation about the question. The reason I did was because one of my little girls, literally jumped out of her seat when we came to the question about the food chain.  

Up to this point in our learning, we have not even discussed the food chain, I had wanted to introduce it slowly and bring it in with activities first.  I wanted the language to become part of the students speaking vocabularies before we actually used it as a new piece of learning.  

When she heard the words, 'food chain' she was all over it!!! She was dancing wildly telling us that she knew about the food chain and they she needed to tell us about what she knew. I made that split second decision as a teacher to go with this moment.  It was golden.    

When we come to Slide eight; again, she jumps out of her seat.  The excitement is just bubbling out of her and she puts her arms to her sides and pulls them back in that motion that you do when show that you have just made an amazing discovery.  She is yelling, "I knew it,,,,see I was right!!!!"  

It was so cool to see her excitement for this.  The rest of the children were so excited for her they all began to clap and give her accolades of "way to go."  

It was one of those priceless moments in a teaching career that you know makes all of it come together.  How can you not love that passion?

  Student Feedback: One Child's Reaction to the Questions
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This Bear is Different...Exploring the Polar Bear

Unit 5: Unit 5 - The Science of the Polar Regions
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT gather new information about polar bears and share this information with others.

Big Idea: Communicating effectively as a scientist requires skill in many areas. This lesson pulls many of those areas together into one package.

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