Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Mitosis Claymation Videos - Section 3: Students in Action


My students were highly motivated throughout the week we spent making claymation videos of mitosis.

It was not easy work. They had to critically evaluate each phase and determine what small steps would occur between each phase, then decide how to model the process. Most students worked in groups of two so discourse and consensus building was also part of the process.

Students enjoyed the combination of digging deeper into mitosis and being creative. 

They truly worked as scientists as they sought to understand the mitosis process.

I was simply a facilitator, answering clarifying questions and handing out supplies.

When students are sufficiently challenged with a project that has an element or creative, collaboration and fun students motivation is intrinsic and classroom management is a breeze!

  Classroom Management's Easy When Students are Motivated
  Intrinsic Motivation: Classroom Management's Easy When Students are Motivated
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Mitosis Claymation Videos

Unit 5: Mitosis
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their understanding of the phases of mitosis by critically evaluating changes in each phase to create a claymation video.

Big Idea: Create lasting knowledge of mitosis when students create their own mitosis claymation videos.

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