Reflection: Adjustments to Practice DNA Discoveries: How Did We Get From There to Here? (Day 4 of 4) - Section 5: The Classroom Flow: Final Burning Questions!

 

The Burning Question strategy is a way for me to effectively use class time to answer student questions without creating a situation where I am simply repeating definitions that individual students could easily look up on their own.  By requiring each group to collaborate and come up with their biggest concern/question for me to answer, this strategy holds students accountable for basic knowledge and supporting each other in their learning.  What is also great about this strategy is that students can again see the thinking of other student groups and compare their areas of concern.  Oftentimes, one group may have a burning question that a second group also had, which means that group can then ask about their next top priority concept.  It is a great way to streamline the essential check in work that we do while avoiding the scenario where we ask for questions and student raises their hand to ask to go to the bathroom, when Spring break starts, or what page in the textbook the chapter begins!

Of course, I still take questions after the Burning Question round is over.  But honestly, by that point, all of the big issues have been dealt with and if there are other questions they are typically ones that are detail related and can be explained as the bell is ringing or during the passing period.  If there is ever an over riding consensus that more time is needed exploring a specific Burning Question, I can then adjust my teaching plan for the next day to address it more substantively.

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DNA Discoveries: How Did We Get From There to Here? (Day 4 of 4)

Unit 7: Unit 7: DNA & Protein Synthesis
Lesson 4 of 22

Objective: SWBAT trace the evolution of scientific thought and research into the structure of DNA.

Big Idea: Use an engaging jigsaw activity and drama strategy to give students the chance to trace the history of DNA!

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