In today's lesson, students will have a debriefing session concerning yesterday's field trip. First, they will summarize what they learned in an in-class writing. Because this is a trip my biology classes take every year, I value their feedback in order to keep this trip relevant for their peers. They will discuss what things needed to be added to make the trip better. They will explain what needs to not continue to occur in next year's trip. They will offer suggestions for things that need improvement or what was good about the trip and needs to stay the same. This discussion technique is based on a Boy Scout discussion strategy called Start, Stop, Continue. It is a wonderful way to quickly get feedback from a group of students and give them ownership in the planning process. The local field study can be found at this link. The analysis of the field study can be found at this link. The lesson that describes the field trip to compare our data with the LTER site's data is found here. This part three of a multi-day lesson. The other lessons can be found at these links (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). Here is what the students will learn today.
Ask students to write an short in-class essay in their lab notebook that explains
Students should only have the class period to write their essay (unless otherwise stated in their IEP). When they are finished, students should turn their lab notebook into the teacher for evaluation.
Bring the students back together as a class. Write Start, Stop, and Continue on the whiteboard. Explain to students that their feedback is needed to continue to make this annual trip a success. Ask them to think about everything that happened yesterday (from student behavior to the type of activities they did.) Ask students to suggest several items that they would have liked to see on yesterday's field. Record their feedback under the START heading.
Next, ask them what happened on the field trip that should never happen again. Record their feedback under the STOP heading. Finally, ask students what went well. Students should explain what should continue to happen on future trips. Recored their feedback under the CONTINUE heading. While students are giving feedback, write all responses on the board. Save their feedback to help improve future field trips.