Reflection: Trust and Respect Never Too Old For A Story - Sharing Our Children's Books - Section 3: Guided Practice - Circle Time


As a professional educator, I relish the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues.  It does not matter the topic: new curriculum development, student data analysis, new technology resources.  You name it, I am chomping at the bit to work side-by-side with my department members to hone my craft and improve my effectiveness in the classroom.  With this in mind, I was shocked that so many of my students passed on the opportunity to receive feedback from their peers when provided the opportunity in class.  I know that their English teachers have the students peer edit or pair-share on a regular basis, but our science classrooms are uncharted territory for this type of collaboration.  I should not have taken it for granted that the students would jump at the chance to work together and keep in mind that the creative writing process is personal for many students.  Next year, I will forewarn students that the second day of the activity will be for peer collaboration so students are prepared to share their projects and are not intimidate on the prospects of discussing their writing projects.  

Lesson learned . . . students, for the most part, like to keep their creative writing private and I need to proceed with caution as I ask students to open up and share their works with their partners and the class.  See, our students can teach US something and I am learning every day!

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Never Too Old For A Story - Sharing Our Children's Books

Unit 3: Cell Energy
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT present their creative writing short stories that review the process of photosynthesis or cellular respiration. The presentations will model the two chemical processes and review the transformation of energy in each reaction.

Big Idea: Your never too old for story time! Students will share their scientific children's stories with their class as they show off their creative writing talents and review for the upcoming assessment.

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Science, Biology / Life Science, Photosynthesis, cellular respiration, Creative Writing, children's stories, class presentations
  56 minutes
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