Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Plant Kingdom...Basic Structures & Functions of Vascular Plants - Section 4: Elaborate/Evaluate


One unique component of instruction is the implementation of assignment choice.  This is an effective means for increasing students’ motivation while developing academic skills. It allows the teacher to improve instruction and students to improve their learning.  Students’ curiosity and enthusiasm are heightened and learning becomes “purposeful” and more meaningful.  Giving students a chance to choose how they want to demonstrate their learning sets up an engaging learning environment and empowers students to become independent learners.  Implementing choice is really the foundation to the success of students and teachers. The classroom becomes a room of learning, allowing the teacher to manipulate it to suit the needs of the students.

After implementing choice in this lesson, I observed positive reactions from my students and within myself.  Students’ response to the plant structure poster assignment was much different than with typical assignments I presented to them in the past.  I witnessed increased eagerness to complete the task and several students wanted to get started right away, asking when they could begin.  As the teacher, I realized this type of instruction, choice, provided students with the opportunity to gain self-responsibility for their own learning.  I could see an increase in critical thinking amongst many of my students.  I believe choice helps students’ become successful as it stimulates critical thinking, promotes engaged learning, and creates a balance between teacher instruction and student understanding.

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  Intrinsic Motivation: Assignment Choice
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Plant Kingdom...Basic Structures & Functions of Vascular Plants

Unit 3: Ecosystems and Interactions
Lesson 6 of 19

Objective: SWBAT identify the basic structures in a plant that help them get the materials they need for growth and development.

Big Idea: Students write an advertisement or want ad for a plant's structure, summarizing its function and how it contributes to the growth and development of a plant .

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Science, Plant Structures and Functions, Ecosystems, interaction
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