Reflection: Student Ownership Problems In Our World - Section 2: Getting Our Ideas


When I asked students to think of problems they might be able to solve, I had no idea of what to expect. What did they perceive as problems in their world? What kinds of problems did they think students could solve? 

I had to let go of my own ideas of what kinds of problems they might decide upon, and let them take ownership of the project. I had to step back and realize that my perspective of the world is not the same as their perspective. Teachers have to remember that what is important to students may be very different from what is important to them. Students don't care about the data that is collected in the classroom, they care about discovering how things work.

Students generated an extensive list of problems. The first 2 or 3 were the normal, "don't throw trash on the playground," but as we continued, and each child shared at least one idea, the problems branched out into problems they see within the school, problems outside, and then problems in their neighborhoods. 

It is good to stop and remember a student's perspective when we are asking them to do things.

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  Student Ownership: The Student's List
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Problems In Our World

Unit 7: Science and Our World
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT generate a list of potential problems in their world that can be helped through science.

Big Idea: Science can provide a basis for changes in our world. Students will think of a problem that they can suggest a viable solution for.

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Science, Energy (Physical Science), earth, problem solving, group work
  40 minutes
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