Reflection: Accountability Design a Cyborg Eye - Introduction - Section 2: Setting Group Protocols


I LOVE the way using contracts has changed the dynamics of group work in my classroom.  It is so nice to see students take ownership in not only their final work product but also their working conditions.  Students feel empowered to refer group members to their written agreement when issues arrive, and typically that is all that is needed to get them back on task.  

Another strategy I have used is to allow students to use one of the free rubric maker websites, like Rubistar, to create a group work rubric that they can use to grade their group daily.  It works under the same principle; students decide the important criteria and then evaluate each other (and themselves).  

Whatever method you choose, it is worth the time invested by doing something that is proactive.  This teaches students skills they can use throughout their schooling to become master collaborators which is so important in today's world.

  Overcoming the Challenges of Group Work
  Accountability: Overcoming the Challenges of Group Work
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Design a Cyborg Eye - Introduction

Unit 4: Information Processing
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.

Big Idea: Students pitch investors to fund their cyborg eye designs!

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Science, inquiry, PBL
  45 minutes
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