Reflection: Student Feedback You Are a Time Traveler at the Museum - Section 2: You Are A Time Traveler


"This is cool because it's right here! It's different than looking in my books. It's all around us. " These remarks made my heart leap! I wanted them immersed in a culminating experience from their unit and having them take photos, read, make choices about what interested them, supported their understanding and helped lead them to supporting mastery of the standard. I could see it happening all around me. It was rigorous, challenging and exhausting. But students loved it.

Another thing that made me understand how powerful this interactive activity is, was when I was approached my the education director of the museum. The tour director had called him to come and watch what our students were doing. He told me that what he was seeing "gave him goosebumps" because this is how he envisions how learning should be. He wanted to pick my brain. He wanted to know how I arrived at this idea and created this experience.

I explained that I addressed standards as a basis. I knew the museum well from years of coming there, but with new standards, I had to change the purpose of our visit. I explained that I believed that the integration of technology helped make it come alive even more for the students.

I am anxious to meet with him because he wants to implement resources for teachers that would echo this lesson. I told him about Better Lesson and that I would share it with him.

Addressing the teaching challenge of teaching students to read captions and glean information on a grander scale was a snap with this interactive process. I am anxious to see what kind of presentations students produce because of the choices they made about what interested them. This also supports the highest levels of the Danielson Rubric for Teacher Effectiveness.

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You Are a Time Traveler at the Museum

Unit 2: Fossils
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT apply prior knowledge, research and produce a timeline based on using a natural history museum's exhibit.

Big Idea: Using iPads or a camera and note taking skills, students learn to use a prehistoric exhibit to develop a timeline and show understanding of how the Earth tells history through rock layers.

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Science, fossils, layers of rock, Using Technology, timeline
  80 minutes
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