Reflection: Adjustments to Practice DNA Discoveries: How Did We Get From Then to Now? (Day 2 of 4) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Prepping for the Jigsaw!


As always, time in the classroom is a precious resource and a source of much anxiety for both teachers and students racing to do many things very well.  When I first began to really elevate my expectations for deep thinking, explicit writing, frequent high level speaking norms, peer evaluation and collaboration, and high quality visual student project work I noticed that time became something even more urgent and that every time I made the decision to have students complete things on their own in order to 'save time' in class so that we could move on to other things, the end result was a student experience that was stressed out and relived it was over and a written product for grading that wasn't what I had envisioned.  

Now, whenever I am faced with that choice of giving students an unplanned for amount of time over my original lesson idea or telling them to make plans to complete the work at home, I always choose the class time.  Even if it is simply 15 minutes on two separate days, students feel valued and are more likely to work harder on their own as well as be efficient during that class time and I am still able to do what I need done with very little disruption from my initial scheduling plan.  Am I able to follow my perfectly timed plans exactly?  Do I finish every single content area concept as I had planned or intended?  No.  But what I did focus on always turns out to be of value to students, something they remember, and because of that time investment, we are able to spend less time on other things because they fit into a tight knit scheme of prior knowledge that we took the time to create together.

Quality work takes time and I am committed to giving it to students.  What are some of the ways that you deal with our constant struggle for time?


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DNA Discoveries: How Did We Get From Then to Now? (Day 2 of 4)

Unit 7: Unit 7: DNA & Protein Synthesis
Lesson 2 of 22

Objective: SWBAT trace the evolution of scientific thought and research into the structure of DNA.

Big Idea: Use an engaging jigsaw activity and drama strategy to give students the chance to trace the history of DNA!

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