Reflection: Routines and Procedures Food Chains & Food Webs: Direct Instruction - Section 7: Independent Practice


One of the things that makes teaching difficult are the days you aren't there.  When I was a younger teacher I used to just give tests or show videos.  Now, there is way too much pressure and curriculum to teach to miss any days if you can help it.  This is a lesson that I ended up having to be absent for because I was at a conference.  With some planning, I put most of the lesson on Schoology.  I was able to attach videos that showed my thinking, had students create questions and answer them in an online forum, and complete and turn in this assignment all online.  

The best thing for me was that while my conference was a three day event, I didn't lose contact with my classes.  By coming home every evening and evaluating the student work, I was able to maintain a virtual presence even though I was not physically there.  Students sent me messages throughout the day that I could answer thereby pushing them to do their best thinking.  I've used Schoology to extend learning on field trips, during center days, and to differentiate for students' needs.  

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Food Chains & Food Webs: Direct Instruction

Unit 6: Energy in Life: Food Chains & Food Webs
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to read and understand food chains and food webs.

Big Idea: Eating out in the natural world.

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