Reflection: Flexibility What are the Effects of Oil Spills? - Section 3: Explore


In an effort to promote organization of information, I started the lesson with a T-Chart. The two column headings were Information and Energy Decisions. I wanted to have students think about how decisions, including laws, were made based upon the oil spill. It worked out well for the students until we went into the technical report. My original strategy of adding information to the T-chart didn't work because I wanted students to collect statistics about the oil spill. I changed my lesson with one of classes just to see how it would feel. I used Negative Effects and Positive Effects and took out Energy Decisions. Subsequently, I have two different sets of student samples, each offering me a glance at student learning. 

Sometimes we are so entrenched in our lesson that we don't give ourselves permission to be flexible. By switching up my lesson, I could determine which method helped promote learning. I analyzed the data tables and asked the students what they thought was most important. They all agreed that annotating the negative and positive effects helped them to understand the big picture without getting caught up in the confusing parts of the technical report. 

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What are the Effects of Oil Spills?

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT understand how oil spills create environmental issues.

Big Idea: How do contemporary events impact our energy choices? With the use of two reading pieces, students examine the effects of an oil spill.

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