Reflection: Adjustments to Practice CancerQuest: Cell Division Gone Wrong (Day 3 of 3) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Putting Together the Classroom Display

 

David Perkins from Harvard University has a great book I read a few years ago called Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education (2009).  In it, he discussed the concept of playing away from home.  He describes how the learning and assessment processes students go through in the classroom tend to be private, between the teacher and the student in isolation.  He refers to the concept of playing away from home as an opening up of that assessment dialogue within the broader classroom and school community, and even out into the broader neighborhood in which students and schools live and operate.  

The benefits to playing away from home are many, and all of them are positive for both students and teachers, as well as all community stakeholders:

  • The presence of an audience other than the teacher invests and engages students in their final product/performances of understanding in a way that enhances the quality and presentation of their learning.
  • Seeing a broader range of student work and learning experiences gives students the change to compare and connect the work of others to their own, enhancing metacognitive skills.
  • Viewing the creative approaches of other students learning the same content enhances student appreciation and empathy for multiple perspectives and pathways.
  • Providing a public space for student performances of understanding gives school and community members an opportunity to understand, appreciate, and commend the learning and teaching processes happening in the classroom.

I believe and have seen this phenomena to be true within my own classroom.  When one student realized we were going to post our Cancerquest project treatment cards as a room display for other classes to tour later in the week, she came to me privately and told me she didnt' feel her card represented her best work and that she wanted to take it home and recreate a work she could really be proud of.  This kind of self directed assessment, revision, and connection to best effort in every situation was motivated expressly by the fact we would be playing away from home and others would be viewing the work.  In this coming school year, I intend to push myself as a teacher to include more opportunities for students to play away from home, not just within the classroom for each other to see, but to also include our broader school community.  

How do you get your students to play away from home?

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CancerQuest: Cell Division Gone Wrong (Day 3 of 3)

Unit 6: Unit 6: The Cellular Basis of Inheritance: Mitosis & Meiosis
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast the cell cycles of normal and cancerous cells.

Big Idea: Get your students connecting the cell cycle to their daily lives through the use of medical treatments and explanations of cancer.

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, cancer, cell cycle, cell division, Chromosomes, Life Science/Biology, mitosis and meiosis, benign, malignant, metastasis, angiogenesis, tumor, density dependent inhibition, anchorage dependence, growth factors, oncogenes, tumor supressor gene
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