Reflection: Trust and Respect Characteristics of Life Part 2 - Section 3: Focus


I found this difficult today because my classroom culture is still being formed.  In both my science classes, I had to stop at some point and remind students that there is an expectation of greater maturity on hearing the word "sex".  In my second class I attempted to aid this by making a joke about the S-word and letting them have their giggle time.  This didn't really work for me too well, because then they wouldn't stop.  

This is a great reminder to me how important trust and respect is in the learning environment.  Difficult concepts are going to come up year round and you have to have established the kind of learning culture that focuses on THE LEARNING rather than the humor.  While I don't agree with the old teacher adage, "Don't smile until November." I understand the sentiment.  Without the right learning culture, humor - a necessary spice in teaching - can take you way off track.  It's important to keep trying to add it in and keep talking to the students about handling humor and focusing on learning.  I know I've hit a magic moment when a 7th grader can ask me a question in class about sex or reproduction and everyone just waits...interested in the answer rather than the shock words.  

  Maturity and dealing with the S-word (sex)
  Trust and Respect: Maturity and Dealing with the S-Word (sex)
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Characteristics of Life Part 2

Unit 2: Life is Organized: Systems & Characteristics of Life
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to pick out the major characteristics of life in case studies of real organisms and compare them to the reading.

Big Idea: Real life forms display the characteristics of life in many and varied ways.

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