Reflection: Student Ownership Circulatory Review - Section 2: Explain


One of my goals for the year is to help students become more independent learners. I want them to take responsibility for their learning. The format I use for reviewing study guides is one method I use to help students begin to take on more responsibility. If a student has a question about the study guide, I require the students to pose the question to the class. This helps the student articulate a question about the content while incorporating a reference to his/her level of understanding of the concept. 

For instance, on this particular study guide a student may ask, "How can hypertension be avoided?"  I then ask the student to generate his/her own answer and provide support by linking back to specific lesson information from the unit. Students usually respond with, "I think hypertension can be avoided by.....because...."

I then present the information to the class and ask for volunteers to confirm or modify the answer.  This helps engage the students in dialogue about the correct answers, which requires them to use scientific vocabulary and generate thoughtful responses for their peers. Additionally, students tend to listen more thoughtfully to one another during a review than they do when I simply give out answers.

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Circulatory Review

Unit 6: Circulatory System
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify various structures and functions of the heart and explain the overall function of the circulatory system.

Big Idea: Help students identify key structures and the function of the circulatory system.

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Science, Circulatory system, Blood, heart, blood pressure
  38 minutes
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