Reflection: Shared Expectations Heredity - An Inventory of Traits - Section 3: Explore


Some students are self-conscious and might be shy to ask their neighbor to check their ears to determine type of ear lobes.  It's extremely important that you create a safe learning environment where students are respectful of each other.  I model this level of respect on a daily basis with my students and as a result my students reciprocate the same behavior with their peers and myself.  In the extreme case that a student is unwilling to participate you may have to be the one that checks the presence or absence of traits.

All of our teachers have completed a Capturing Kids Heart training where we have learned skills that have allowed us to better relate to our students.  One area in terms of developing shared expectations has been the use of a social contract.  Ultimately the creation of a social contract allows students to take center stage in creating a learning environment that meed the needs of all students.  This process builds student ownership in contrast to the typical teacher reading out list rules of consequences  and hoping that students oblige.  With anything in teaching the key is consistency and making sure that all stakeholders, including teacher, follow the social contract.

  Classroom Environment
  Shared Expectations: Classroom Environment
Loading resource...

Heredity - An Inventory of Traits

Unit 6: Inheritance and Variation
Lesson 8 of 19

Objective: Students will take inventory of their own easily observable genetic traits

Big Idea: Traits are observable characteristics that are passed down from parent to child.

  Print Lesson
48 teachers like this lesson
Similar Lessons
Mitosis Claymation Videos
7th Grade Science » Mitosis
Big Idea: Create lasting knowledge of mitosis when students create their own mitosis claymation videos.
Hope, IN
Environment: Rural
Deborah Gaff
Generating Ideas for Explanatory Essay By Thinking About Our Beliefs
7th Grade ELA » Explanatory Essay
Big Idea: What do you Believe?
Seattle, WA
Environment: Urban
Gina Wickstead
Writing an Argument - Extended Response
7th Grade ELA » Informational Text - Persevering through the Adversity of our World Part 3
Big Idea: Come on, convince me.
Corbin, KY
Environment: Rural
Kristal Doolin
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload