Reflection: Student Ownership Intro to Ecology - Section 3: Discussion


Compare the student response to an open-ended question attached to their personal experience to a response to a question that can be answered by copying straight from the text.

I find it a constant struggle to balance the kinds of questions that are essentially text-dependent checks for understanding with questions that require students to integrate their own experience and prior knowledge with the course content.  

Even though the ELL student's response to the more open-ended question is riddled with grammatical errors, it's certainly preferable because I know the student actually had to do some processing and thinking to answer the question.  As I develop the course, I need to keep in mind that it's possible that checks for understanding can be both text-dependent and require students to integrate their own knowledge into a more holistic understanding.


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Intro to Ecology

Unit 3: Ecology
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to name and describe the different levels of ecological organization and the functional roles of the three broad niches (producers, consumers, and decomposers).

Big Idea: One of the most important aspects of understanding the environment is understanding ecology, or the relationships between organisms and their environment.

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