Reflection: Checks for Understanding Cell Respiration, part 1 - Section 5: Close


Engaging in dialogue with students is a great way to reinforce learning and gain a sense of how much students actually know about a concept.  While there is no specific time in the lesson where it has to occur, engaging students in content related dialogue before the class ends is an effective way to dismiss students with a lasting thought or concept.  

Know that engaging students in dialogue  occurs when students feel comfortable sharing.  Developing a sense of comfort on the part of students is a gradual process that has to be consistently nurtured. Have clear expectations about participation and create a safe zone in the classroom by ensure that every student knows that it's okay to not know the answer to a question but that it is not okay to forego trying to answer a question when asked. Question students about the content as a routine so that it is an expected part of instruction.  Give students a way to seek help (call a lifeline) from a fellow classmate.  If these practices are consistently applied, students will grow more and more comfortable talking about what they know and everyone benefits in such an environment.

  Checks for Understanding: Dialogue
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Cell Respiration, part 1

Unit 5: Unit 2- Cells
Lesson 12 of 30

Objective: Students will be able to explain the cycling of energy through the process of cell respiration.

Big Idea: Chemical bonds of food molecules contain energy that is released in the process of cellular respiration.

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