Reflection: Qualitative Evaluations Exploring the Law of Conservation of Energy - Section 4: Evaluate


Student reflection is important because it ties together information and makes the assignment authentic. Most 8th grade learners don't care about standards or writing and speaking precision. They seek information that can be useful. The purpose of this student reflection is to allow students the opportunity to tell me about what they learned and what helped them learn. My purpose is twofold. I need to make sure the learning took place and I want to determine the activities students use. I need to remember to keep those activities every time I teach the lesson. 

There are several ways I conduct students reflections. If I want to assess individual learning, I use a private response. I collect reflection questions and answers and look them over by myself. This is fast feedback for me to see who may need additional help. This is often a avenue to help my students use appropriate science vocabulary. 

If I want a quick reflection to assess group understanding and group ideas, I give students a sheet of paper with reflection questions and ask them to write answers and share the answers with their tables. I do this when we are looking for specific answers to questions.

If I want a hearty class discussion wherein we can discuss interesting topics, interesting information, or information that may be helpful for the entire group, I use whole class reflections.  Typically groups respond to questions on 12"x24" white boards and share responses with the class. The board creates a visual for everyone to look at and we can discuss common answers and uncommon answers. I support my ELL students who understand concepts but can not communicate them with group responses. 

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Exploring the Law of Conservation of Energy

Unit 2: Generating Energy
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe how energy cannot be created or destroyed but instead is transferred.

Big Idea: Using toys and other fun props, your students can explore how energy transfers help scientists and engineers to innovate.

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