Reflection: Rigor Cells 'R Us - Exhibition - Section 3: Exhibition


The Cells 'R us project for me seemed to take a long time this year, and there were many times when I just wanted to say "enough with this, let's move on". However, this would have been a disservice to the students. What I came to realize is just how engaged the students were in developing all these new ideas, and that takes time.

If I go back and look at all the work that was done, as well as  all the authentic conversations I had with the students, I know that the students learned much more than the content. They spent the majority of their time weaving new ideas into the rich tapestry of knowledge that this unit provided. They they gained experience in all of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices as they planned investigations (SP3), analyzed data (SP4), constructed explanations (SP6), asked questions and defined problems (SP1), developed models (SP2), engaged in argument from evidence (SP7) and obtained and evaluated information (SP8). They also worked to determined how "The tracking of energy and matter flows, into, out of, and within systems helps one understand their system's behavior" (XC-MS-EM 2-4) In addition to all that, as they themselves stated, "We had fun while doing it". 

Now, some of you might be asking whether they will be able to use what they learned in a standardized test, and my answer to you would be yes. My district is still giving traditional benchmarks to students, and I am happy to report that all of my students scored at proficient (or above). While I dislike this as a measure of our success, as I believe that the students are able to show much more than what those tests can determine, these results are what ultimately will place them in the specific high school classes I am preparing them for in their road to college and beyond.

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Cells 'R Us - Exhibition

Unit 4: Cell Processess
Lesson 15 of 18

Objective: Students will be able to explain the cell's structure and function by presenting their Cells 'R Us projects

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