Reflection: Checks for Understanding The Three Bears of Alaska - Section 3: Showing What We Know

 

I was thrilled that my students were able to take the information they had learned in two separate lessons and could combine all that learning into one coherent learning.  I worked hard to ensure that all the students were able to participate with this and share at least one piece of their evidence with the class on the anchor chart.  

My class make up has students at many varying levels of learning: English Language Learners, learning disabled students, students of poverty and high, middle, and low achieving students.  I noticed that there was not a distinct area of learner that did not provide some resource to add to the group work.  I was pleased that this meant that all my students felt comfortable and safe in sharing their thoughts and learning.  

Appendix D in the NGSS specifically offers suggestions of ways to include all students in the learning of science. My students work daily in small teams that are created not by any specific gender, learning style, language barrier or socio-economic class.  I am proud of the students. They see themselves all as equals in the learning world. 

I have witnessed confidence and excitement building on a daily basis with my students.  The high degree of both confidence in each of the students and their passion and enthusiasm for learning has become evident with the cheers that come with new lessons; as well as, the growth that I am seeing in their work.  Unfortunately, I do not have achievement data that is measurable without assessments.  This is one area that is lacking in my state for lower elementary science teaching. The majority of what is offered to us is built into any kit or curriculum that is utilized by school districts. Science does not tend to be on the forefront of teaching with the emphasis on other areas.  My hope is that in time, this may change and we will have more resources to measure this.  

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The Three Bears of Alaska

Unit 5: Unit 5 - The Science of the Polar Regions
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their ability to gather evidence of learning.

Big Idea: Being able to synthesize and combine learning from several lessons requires organization and skill. This lesson provides students with an opportunity to practice this.

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