Reflection: Coaching and Mentoring Minerals In Toothpaste (Part 2/2) - Section 3: Conclusion


A "debrief" is a valuable learning experience for any instructor, especially when it happens within the climate and culture of your own school or district. I invited the Instructional Coach in my building to come into my classroom, view this lesson, and provide some feedback. She mentioned five focus areas from the lesson:

1. All students were engaged! Kudos!

2. Discussion Moves. This strategy was very successful during this lesson. There was peer to peer directed conversation. Students successfully use this strategy in my class as well as other classes in the building. Students know and have used this strategy many times in my classroom.

3. Vocabulary JigSaw. She mentioned that students should stand when talking. (I thought they were, but good to know this information). I usually ask students to stand when they speak so that they can be heard. My Instructional Coach mentioned that students shared quality information, it deepened student thinking, and students synthesized the information shared.

4. The Experiment. Student were collaborative and worked well in groups. An expectation of respect and rapport in my classroom. She also mentioned that she observed students practicing the (Science & Engineering) process while learning the content. Yes!

5. Checks for Understanding. A strategy I use during any experiment is checking for understanding. I circulate the classroom during the experiment, check on procedures, check for understanding as a formative assessment, and take time to redirect students, if needed.

Thanks to my coach for the feedback and support! 

  A Debrief
  Coaching and Mentoring: A Debrief
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Minerals In Toothpaste (Part 2/2)

Unit 7: Rocks & Minerals
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT determine which brands of toothpaste, and which minerals, are most effective in removing a stain from ceramic tiles and porcelain.

Big Idea: As the demand for minerals increases, students begin to understand why minerals are important to our everyday lives.

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