Reflection: Flexibility Cell Respiration - A WISE Activity (Day 4) - Section 3: Explore


By this point in the activity, there will probably be some student pairs that are not moving as quickly as you had hoped. It definitely happened to me!

For all the benefits of the WISE platform, one of the drawbacks is that it will record answers regardless of whether both students are present or not, so if a student completes some steps at home, the other student can just "skip" those steps and never have to actually view them. This is why at this point I would offer the partnership time to come in during lunch or to stay after school to complete the "missing" steps together.

Another option I offer is that one of the partners complete the steps and is responsible for catching the second student up on the information. Now, how do I know if they did it? I tell the partners that their blogs (electronic journals) for the week need to include their understanding of cell respiration.

In the end, the students know that they will need the information and evidence being gathered through the WISE experience in their Cells 'R us project. Since students are excited about getting to work on their projects, they end up choosing one of the options without too much fuss.

  What if they are not all moving at the same pace?
  Flexibility: What if they are not all moving at the same pace?
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Cell Respiration - A WISE Activity (Day 4)

Unit 4: Cell Processess
Lesson 6 of 18

Objective: Students will be able to use interactive visualizations to explore how chemical energy is released during cell respiration..

Big Idea: When bonds are broken, energy is released.

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Science, Photosynthesis, respiration, Chain Note, Probing Student Thinking
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