Guided Microscope Investigations: Guided Microscope Investigations

 
 
 
Guided Microscope Investigations
Teacher In Action
 
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Small-Group Instruction

Guided Microscope Investigations

Guided Microscope Investigations are investigations done by two students. The student pairings are usually chosen by the students or made by me as a result of the students’ progress on their current level. During these investigations, students examine slides they've created during labs. They work as a team to complete a task related to the content being covered in class. Students often record what they see in the microscope using Educreations, an app on the iPad. As a result of having a blended classroom where students progress in a self-paced way, I’m able to provide this one-on-one guided instruction without having to worry about what the rest of the class is or should be doing. 

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Teacher In Action
 
 
I created this screencast using Google Glass for my students before they performed their Guided Microscope Investigation. The video explains the steps of the lab so students don't have to wait for me to give them step-by-step instructions. They can use this when I am not available to help them during the Guided Microscope Investigations. A screencast is necessary, especially when there are multiple small labs happening simultaneously.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
I created this screencast using Google Glass for my students before they performed their Guided Microscope Investigation. The video explains the steps of the lab so students don't have to wait for me to give them step-by-step instructions. They can use this when I am not available to help them during the Guided Microscope Investigations. A screencast is necessary, especially when there are multiple small labs happening simultaneously.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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