Reflection: Learning Communities What's With That Crazy Nye Guy? Weathering One More Time! Day 2 - Section 2: Ready, Set, Create!


I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw today as students created their presentations. Some approached me with worrying about part of them wanting a rap and part of them wanting a poster. I referred them back to the notes on the whiteboard and explained that it could be easily combined. And they did! I know that these table teams are good combinations of kids and it took me a few months to figure out how to combine groups. The time crunch of 30 minutes at first sent them into a little bit of a panic, but in the end, they realized they could create, edit and practice their presentation in that amount of time. I think the key to this success was the process of collaboration the day before and the Presentation Guide that allowed that individual expression first, combined ideas second and then thirdly, understanding they had choice and could control their presentations, knowing that whatever they did, it would be just fine, as long as it was a main point and was on topic. 

Supporting students with these processes and putting a time limit on it really focused them well!

  Learning Communities: The Benefits of Time Crunch
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What's With That Crazy Nye Guy? Weathering One More Time! Day 2

Unit 4: Weathering
Lesson 7 of 15

Objective: Students collaboratively communicate new information about weathering .

Big Idea: Choice and creativity are key in this collaborative effort to produce a presentation of new extra facts learned, helping them to connect weathering to the real world.

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Science, Collaboration Strategies, weathering, Language Arts, Student Choice, Integration of Technology, group presentations, Team building skills, Connecting Real World to Science Ideas, Using Video Creatively and Effectively, glaciers, engineering, soil
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