Reflection: Student Grouping The Cell Walk (Part 2/3) - Section 3: Today's Lesson: Extending the Knowledge/Which Organelle is My Partner


As I was considering how to pair my students in their student presentation teams, I decided that clock grouping would be most effective.  I chose this strategy because I wanted to develop a classroom culture that encourages student engagement, curiosity, and a desire to understand the world through scientific exploration. Outside of class, all students were ranked by according to their ability level (1-12). Using the analogy of a clock, students were group either with someone directly beside them (for example, 1, 2, or 3). They also could be grouped with someone directly opposite them (for example, 12 and 6). A mid-range student could be paired with a low achieving student. However, I would never group a high achieving student with a low achieving student because it will lead to frustration for both students. I also considered students' reading levels when I grouped students together.  When looking at more current research, the reading level can be very challenging. I grouped students so as to achieve success for everyone. Since we were being filmed, I also grouped students by camera presence. Having the class filmed incorporated another aspect. I have some students that are quite camera shy as I found out the day of filming. Looking back on the final presentation, I feel that using clock grouping helped everyone be successful.  Students were able to work together and play off of each others' strengths and weaknesses. In the end, everyone that participated in this project learned a great deal. 

  Choosing Student Groups: Clock Buddies
  Student Grouping: Choosing Student Groups: Clock Buddies
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The Cell Walk (Part 2/3)

Unit 10: The Eukaryotic Cell
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: Students will construct a gym-size model of a skin cell. They will explain how the endomembranous system works and how the organelles work together to keep the cell alive.

Big Idea: It's Alive! Construct a gym-size model of a cell.

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