Reflection: Student Communication The Platypus is an Enigma! Day 1 - Section 3: Closing


The last part of the discussion in our closing was really neat. I heard a lot of really wonderful thoughts about the skills of research. Students shared their ideas about the differences between paper books and technology. It's funny, but I understand their feelings about paper. To me, it's quieter on the eyes and putting aside the tactile experience of paper,  the presence of the index, makes the topic research easier in this case. They noticed! This gives me the clue that perhaps, regardless of the "read to me" features of the iPad and the instantaneous dictionary, like books for various reading ease. I wonder, is it really easier to skim and scan for students with reading differences on paper? I don't know. But, they are aware of what they like.

Also, I noticed that my insistence of them being quiet made a huge difference. In my classroom, collaboration is encouraged. It is expected for some of the best learning. But, they saw today how it also can distract them, even if they are on task at all times. The noise distracts this skimming and scanning process.

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The Platypus is an Enigma! Day 1

Unit 7: Animals: Structures and Processess
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: Students research traits of the platypus to determine if it is a mammal.

Big Idea: Using various resources, students gather information about traits of the platypus to question science.

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Science, Research Strategies, Platypus, Questioning Science, Unusual Mammal, Research, adaptation, structures, adaptations of animals, animal
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