Reflection: Student Grouping Cellular Respiration - Discovery - Section 4: Pre-Assessment


Misconceptions are one of the best ways to group students into categories.  At times all the students in the class will share the same misconception. In that situation, you know that you should do some extra teaching to the whole class.

Almost always there will be a group of students who share the same misconception. Once you understand their misconception, pull a targeted small group for instruction. The small group should be no more that 5-6 students.

Using the circle map, I am able to find misconceptions that the whole class shares and some isolated to a few students. The whole class shares the misconception that sleeping is a way to get more energy. This is a concept we will address as a class. A few students have the misconception that energy comes from our body -- that it originates with the individual person. Since the purpose of this lesson addresses that misconception, and this assessment comes before the learning, these students have probably changed their minds, but it is important to check again.

  Student Grouping: Misconceptions
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Cellular Respiration - Discovery

Unit 5: Energy in Life: Cellular Respiration
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to discover basic ideas about cellular respiration.

Big Idea: Where does (almost) all energy come from?

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