Reflection: Student Feedback Using Analogies to Study the Organelles of the Cell (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Collaborative Work


I have worked with variations on this project idea for many years and for most of that time, I assigned the project for out of class work time.  I recently began using multiple class periods for brainstorming, writing, feedback, and product creation, it was because my students were younger and unable to drive with busy after school schedules that made it particularly challenging to meet as a group outside of class. However, now that I have worked with my students in our class sessions, I can clearly see that the time spent together in class has a significant impact on the depth of student learning and the overall meaningfulness of the activity to students.  

When students work in my room, even if I am not actively questioning them or responding to their questions, I have the opportunity to listen in on their thought process, observe their collaboration styles and strategies, and monitor the group dynamic and productivity all while offering the comfort and promise of support when needed by students.  I no longer worry about academic honesty violations or uneven work loads within student groups because I can see how the group is dealing with these issues first hand and correct issues as they come up.  I don't need to be concerned about a last minute product coming up short in terms of quality because our class time together provides a much needed scheduling check for the students and allows me to monitor progress and offer solutions to groups that seem to be unable to keep up with the pace of the class. 

Now that CCSS and NGSS are being implemented in my area, I can see even more clearly how this use of time is valuable toward our shared school, district, state, and national goals for students.  

  The Benefits of Collaborative Work within the Classroom Setting
  Student Feedback: The Benefits of Collaborative Work within the Classroom Setting
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Using Analogies to Study the Organelles of the Cell (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 5: Unit 5: A Tour of the Cell
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to understand and connect the roles of each organelle within a cell.

Big Idea: Use student created analogies to deepen their understanding of the organelles in a cell!

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, chloroplast, flagella, mitochondria, cell membrane, cellular components, Life Science/Biology, Chromosomes, Cell Organelles, Nuclear Membrane, Ribosome, er, Vacuole, vesicle, golgi body, centriole, nucleolus, Cilia, Lysosome, Cytoplasm, cytoskeleton, cell
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