Reflection: Performance Tasks Cell Stations - Section 4: Independent Practice


Stations are a great way for students to assess their own understanding of concepts.  I like stations because they allow students to be self-directed in their learning.  Even with students working in groups, student can decide which stations they should complete for the group's submission. Stations are also good for students who need time out of the their seats.  The movement from station to station can be a strategy to engage students in the work.  Stations also allow for greater differentiation because the tasks at each station can vary greatly.

I find that students like working with stations.  The ability for social interaction while working can be motivator( as long as the work remains the priority) and the ability to self-select what assignments to tackle is appealing, as well.

This is an effective comprehensive assessment that allows me to assess students in a non-traditional way.  By walking around and observing microscope procedure I can assess students' ability to use the microscope.  By walking around and watching them as they use complete Magic squares, I am able to assess who know what. And lastly, by reading the written responses, I can assess the writing abilities of students.

  Performance Tasks: Stations
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Cell Stations

Unit 5: Unit 2- Cells
Lesson 4 of 30

Objective: Students will review the nature of the relationships between structures and functions in living cells and review the role of cell organelles for both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Students will also learn how to correctly use a microscope to view cells.

Big Idea: Students benefit from opportunities to remediate content in class.

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cell function, Science, cells, Writing, organelles, microscope, stations, KIM chart
  58 minutes
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