Reflection: Student Ownership Density Cylinder Lab: An Introduction to Density - Section 2: Connecting to the Essential Question: What are you going to learn today?


Providing students with an Essential Question and "I Can" statements is a great way to help students monitor their own learning.  Students have a much better chance for success if they are clear about what there expectations are and the "I Can" statements do just that.  In addition, taking time to have students rate their own learning is critical to growth.  Students that have a "growth mindset" are much more successful in learning.  A growth mindset is one in which they are not wrapped up in their current "grade" or one score, they have the realization that learning is a process and each step is a part of a plan towards the final goal of mastery.  Thus, taking time for students to reassess these original self mastery scores is also important. 

In "Visible Learning", John Hattie identifies factors that impact learning by effect size.  Any effect size over .4 is considered to be beneficial to student growth.  In his lengthy research, he found that the thing that made the most impact on learning is students self reporting their understanding and monitoring their own learning.  The effect size is 1.44!  

Take time to allow students to self assess.  It is worth it!

Also high on the list is the feedback that students receive from you.  It is essential that you take time to provide students with specific feedback on where you see them standing on each skill.  Students need individualized feedback about what they specifically need to work on and what they have already mastered.  Quality feedback has an effect size of .7!

  Self Monitoring and Feedback Pay Off!
  Student Ownership: Self Monitoring and Feedback Pay Off!
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Density Cylinder Lab: An Introduction to Density

Unit 3: Physical Properties: Mass, Volume, and Density
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to measure the density of an object and explain the relationship between mass, volume, and density.

Big Idea: Students measure the density of a set of cylinders that have the same mass but different volumes to discover the relationship between mass, volume, and density!

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Science, density, volume, mass, middle school, physical properties
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