Reflection: Routines and Procedures Designing a Solar Car Part 4 - Section 3: Defending the Design


A Gallery Walk is a great way for students to evaluate one another's projects. The students start at their own table, seat, or computer with the project. When I ring a bell, they move to the next station. I time them about one minute at the stations. I give them post-it notes and the project rubric checklist to help evaluate.

My projects can be physical models or writing pieces. I use a Gallery Walk in a strategy called Suggestions for Improvement. Before a writing piece is completed, students Gallery Walk and make suggestions for improvement. We use Google Docs and students easily make comments on the documents. Typically the students do not go to every computer to evaluate. I'll ask when they feel they have seen enough samples to do a better job on their own. This helps alleviate the feeling of dread when a child doesn't quite understand what to do. As they look at others, it is easy to see where they are getting the writing done well and where adjustments need to be made. 

I use the Gallery Walk for presentations. I used to do entire group presentations but I felt the instructional time was too valuable to waste. Students evaluate one another's projects. Then we pick one or two projects to present to the entire class. I record in the grade book who has presented to be sure to allow each student the opportunity to make a formal presentation. 

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Designing a Solar Car Part 4

Unit 9: Designing for the Future: Designing a Solar Car
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT test original designs for a solar car in an attempt to answer the question, "Can solar cars be the transportation of the future?"

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