Reflection: Student Feedback Fins, Feathers, and Fur: How Animals Adapt - Section 5: Evaluate


The last time I taught this lesson, I decided another approach on I Heard, I Noticed, I Wondered.  I passed out the same form to the students, but instead of having them present their work one by one, I had them walk around the room - in a gallery walk style - viewing each other's work and providing feedback on the form.  While they were walking around, they would  select eight other students whose work stood out to them, either because it was really good or because it needed a lot of refinement. They would record the things that stood out to them in a positive way under the "I Noticed" column. They would record the things that they were not sure about, that may need revisiting, or that brought up questions for them in the "I Wondered" column.  Once that was done everybody sat down. Next, I broke the class into two halves. I had one half get up and find the students whose work they viewed.  They shared their feedback, including both the things that they enjoyed about their work and the questions they had. The student whose work was viewed would respond to their questions, making it the job of the viewer to listen actively and record their partner' responses on the "I Heard" column of their paper.  Then we switched groups, allowing the other half of the class to do the same thing. Finally, I called on a few random students to share what they noticed and wondered about someone else's work, and then to reflect on what was said by their partner, making sure that they were actively listening and could now answer their own questions.  I found that this method of providing feedback allowed students to get up and interact with each other more than the method that I originally planned in my lesson. For a group like mine, who is more active and needs a little more stimulation, this was a great way to allow them time to walk around the room and visit with one another, while still working with the content.

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  Student Feedback: Another Take on I Heard, I Noticed, I Wondered
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Fins, Feathers, and Fur: How Animals Adapt

Unit 2: Zoology
Lesson 3 of 17

Objective: SWBAT describe how various adaptations allow animals to thrive successfully in their environment.

Big Idea: Each organism is adapted (physically and/or behaviorally) to live in its habitat and to obtain the things it needs in order to survive.

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