Reflection: Student Feedback Spaceship Earth: Concept evolution (5 of 5) - Section 4: Empathy Initiative Sort: environmental stewardship


The environmental stewardship ranking activity provides information about student interests, but is more useful as a form of student feedback that might be used to make adjustment to teacher practice.  What I found in this activity is that student rankings followed a familiarity trend.  Students ranked as most important those ideas that were part of their daily lives in New York City.  "Transportation" and "Recycling and Waste" were the unanimous top two choices in all classes.  Reasons for these ranking were generally underdeveloped.  "Because it helps save the Earth" or "because it is important not to just waste paper" are examples of typical responses provided.  While not inaccurate, it was clear to me from this ranking activity that the depth of thought displayed in the Accountable Talk activity did not transfer to this ranking.  I am learning that "deep dive" takes repeated exposure throughout the year, and that task transfer is not automatic.  I did not prompt students to develop "deep dive" explanations for rankings, and most did not.  Expectations for rigorous thought needs to be more explicitly communicated in the early stages of this curriculum.

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Spaceship Earth: Concept evolution (5 of 5)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) describe the essential features of accountable talk; 2) defend a verbal claim using evidence; 3) connect takeaways from an accountable talk discussion to potential environmental stewardship management solutions

Big Idea: Human ingenuity has negatively affected the natural environment. How might we use human ingenuity to develop solutions to the problems that we have caused?

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Science, Statistics, field work, Community Mapping, engineering design thinking
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