Reflection: Coherence The Building Blocks - Section 3: Presentation


I decided to do a traditional presentation for this lesson for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to provide the students with a lot of information in a limited amount of time. This is information that they need to know for their project, but that I do not want them to go searching for on their own. They need the "bare bones" so to speak, and they all need to know the same things.

I also wanted them to practice taking lecture notes. The reality is that, although my students spend a lot of time talking about and interacting with concepts and using them in their projects, once they leave my classroom they will be moving on to the lecture based environment of the high school we feed into. Every once in a while, I present formal lectures so the students practice note-taking skills. Although I identified the key information for them in the presentation, it was up to them to decide how to organize it.

Did you catch how the student in the video organized his information chart-style? Other students copied directly from the presentation, and that was OK, too.

  Coherence: Why a traditional presentation?
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The Building Blocks

Unit 4: Cell Processess
Lesson 1 of 18

Objective: As a basis for understanding cell processes, students will be able to identify the four macromolecules that make up the building blocks of life.

Big Idea: All organisms are composed of the four macromolecules.

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