Reflection: Student Grouping Introduction to Scientific Investigation: Plaid Pete is in a Pickle! - Section 4: Instruction


Previously, much of the teamwork my students have done has been centered around an activity.  Today, their teamwork centers around discussing ideas.  In my experience, this is much harder for students.  I am watching carefully, because there are some teams who have natural leaders who will work to help distribute the work, ensuring that all members contribute equally.  Then, there are those teams that are ineffective.  

When a team is ineffective, it is usually a skill deficit - they lack the skill.  In that case it is a matter of "dipping in" and teaching the skill within the context of the situation.  That is another big reason why my first 10 lessons or so in Science are not heavily laden with content.  I not only want my students to learn the Science Practices, I want them to learn effective teaming and social skills, because many students do not come to my classroom with these skills.

When a student has a performance deficit, meaning they have the skill, but are choosing not to use it, then that is more of a consequence issue.  Those are generally the occasions when I will privately invite the student in for a practice session during their recess time.  

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Introduction to Scientific Investigation: Plaid Pete is in a Pickle!

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 7 of 22

Objective: SWBAT identify the characteristics of different types of scientific investigations.

Big Idea: What types of scientific study do scientists engage in? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students meet "mentor scientists" and learn about the different ways that scientists explore the world around them.

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