Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Natural Selection in the Wild Pre-Requisite - Section 3: Hook


I was thinking about videos in the classroom last week and how far that instruction has shifted in the last 20 years. I remember the experience of the teachers wheeling in the "giant" TV and we would all breathe a sigh of relief because we wouldn't have to do any thinking that day! Now, there are very few situations where a teacher would show a video from start to finish. It's all about chunking, thinking, talking, writing and interacting with the content. Film clips give us a way to explore space, volcanoes, and the inside of atoms, and experience animal behavior and events that we would never personally get to see. I teach in a very impacted school and many of my students have never been to museums or watched an educational show. It's all new to them.  

In a broader sense, I think this change is a metaphor for the change in entire educational system. I was blessed with great teachers in school and a family that valued education, but as I look back, teaching was about giving information. Students were allowed to choose whether to take that information or trash it. Now, teaching is about what students are doing with information. My evaluations are based on the actions of students in the classroom...not my actions.

Great teachers analyze data to tease out where each kid is and what they need next. And, for the most part I think this is a valuable and important change. But the increased workload on teachers is a real issue. Every single aspect of teaching now involves much more work and thought.

Management isn't about consequences but relationships. Grading isn't about points but proficiency. Engagement isn't about fun but involvement. Rigor isn't about "hardness" but complexity. All of this makes me wonder where teaching will be in 50 years.

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Natural Selection in the Wild Pre-Requisite

Unit 11: Adaptation: Natural Selection in the Wild
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to analyze experimental data to show how some traits are more advantageous than others.

Big Idea: Which beaks will work the best over time for the organisms?

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