Reflection: Transitions Elements of the Hiring Process: Resume and Job Interview - Section 4: Explain


The cooperative teaching and learning strategy used in this lesson is a modification of the familiar "corners" or "four corners". Traditionally when implementing this strategy instructors label the four corners of the classroom with the following options: strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree. I have decided to label only two corners of the classroom with posters in which I have simply written the Letter A or the Letter B. During the activity students assume the role of a hiring committee member and following a brief description of two job candidates, A or B, they move to the poster that represents the candidate they would hire. 

Why was "corners" the cooperative teaching and learning strategy of choice in this lesson? I decided to use this teaching strategy because it gives me great return on a simple investment!  I feel it develops listening, verbal communication, critical thinking, and decision-making skills. In addition, it can be used to visualize students' viewpoints and quickly develop an understanding of differences in values and opinions among members of our class on a specific topic or a variety of topics. Finally, it expands the use of the strategy by removing limits on the feedback students can offer as I have experienced students who may refuse to select an option or "opt out" of the activity because, and I quote, "none of the options reflect my views". You have got to love those high-schoolers! 

This rendition of the corners teaching strategy encourages the type of conversation which boosts higher level thinking as well as academic speaking and listening as outlined in the Common Core Science Standards. Students engage in meaningful dialogue with others who have the same or differing viewpoints and practice navigating this space in a respectful manner. They not only acquire and build on previous knowledge, but also develop their presentation skills at the same time. Lastly, tired students are often re-energized by the end of this activity.

NOTE: In order to keep the voting accurate I have students reset between their selection of a corner by instructing all students to step to the center of the room. Then I read the next candidate descriptions and away they go......!

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Elements of the Hiring Process: Resume and Job Interview

Unit 5: Basic Tools of the Biotechnology Workplace
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: Students will explore professional interview best practices so that these practices can be employed during an actual interview!

Big Idea: Do you have what it takes to land your dream job in the Biotechnology Industry?

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