Reflection: Accountability Circulatory System - Flipped - Section 4: Explore


At first it may seem that allowing students to change their responses on the Circulatory System Transport worksheet may encourage cheating or lessen accountability. I allow the students to change their answers because I want to see how their ideas change and grow as a result of communicating with their peers. I also have two structures in place to hold students accountable.

The first is reviewing their answers while they work. By circulating through the room, I can read their responses and have a good idea of what they understand. The other accountability measure is Google Docs. I have students complete this activity using Google Docs, so I can go back and look at their revision history*. This allows me to see if they made any changes at all, and what those changes are. I am then able to tell if they radically changed their answers, or if they incorporated new thoughts into their original answer.

*If you are not familiar with Google Docs, you may want to give them a try. They are a powerful educational tool. One of the reasons is that they encourage and support revision. When we return to our prior work and review it to revise, extend, and improve the process is modeling the rigorous thinking we want our students to do.

Here's how "revision history" on Google Docs supports our ability, as teachers, to actually observe the revision process. Select File, and from the drop down menu select "See Revision History". 


This opens a menu along the side of the document. This displays who has made revisions, and when they were made. By selecting an option, the document "reverts" (without losing any work added later unless you choose that) to that time, allowing you to review prior work product.

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Circulatory System - Flipped

Unit 6: Circulatory System
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify the key structures of the circulatory system and explore the functions of the circulatory system.

Big Idea: In this lesson students explore an online activity to develop a deeper understanding of the function of the circulatory system.

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