Reflection: Student Ownership Biomes - Section 2: Introduce New Material


Call on all students in the classroom.  It is sometimes useful to prepare a reluctant participant for an upcoming question by saying something like, “Okay, Robert, I am going to ask you about (fill in the topic) next, so get ready”.  The advance notice allows the student to reference notes related to the content so that s(he) has a greater chance of “success” when responding to the question. 

Some students do not try to engage in the activity of questioning and answering because they are afraid to fail, especially in front of their peers.   Giving them prior notice allows less confidant students to prepare and hopefully become more willing to try to answer questions.  Those who are able to successfully respond gain greater confidence that they do understand the content, while those who answer incorrectly still benefit from the experience of trying.

Plan to positive affirm all students for their efforts to answer a question in class. Recognition of effort encourages students to continue to try.

If students are not able to articulate correct responses to review questions, take a few minutes to spiral back and re-teach concepts.  

  Calling on Students
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Unit 1: Unit 1- Organization and Relationships
Lesson 20 of 23

Objective: Students will understand the relationship between organisms and the biomes in which they live. Students will be able to describe the 6 major types of biomes.

Big Idea: Biomes are great places to view the biodiversity of the planet.

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