Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Why Are Some Animal Groups So Successful? (Squirrel Speciation) - Section 2: Making Specific Observations and Formulating Questions


Wait time is one of the most powerful changes a teacher can make to their practice.  It's so simple to implement and yet, despite an increased awareness of its value, it is often not done well even by those recognize its value.  Initially it feels really odd because we know we're the ones running the show and silence can sometimes feel like a slight loss of control, even for those of us that are comfortable putting the children in charge.  Years ago, after receiving my Structure English Immersion endorsement, I really reflected upon wait time in a new and more profound way and was determined to make that change to my practice as rapidly as possible because the powerful evidence that demonstrates how it benefits children.  In order to make wait time a habit, initially I would even count up to 20 or so in my head, at least, before offering to come back to a child/ temporarily moving on.  Most of the time when we think we are giving a student wait time we aren't giving enough, or we interject unnecessarily.  Don't.  Students quickly adjust to the cognitive and emotional security of having a moment to breath and collect their thoughts.  It's not just a support to ELL learners, it also helps shy students, or any child who is being pushed to express an idea in relation to rigorous content or concepts.  

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Why Are Some Animal Groups So Successful? (Squirrel Speciation)

Unit 13: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT observe animals from a successful, widespread group (squirrels) and make statements about species differences, similarities, and possible reasons for success.

Big Idea: Some animal groups' inherited characteristics enable them to adapt and spread into many different environments.

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Science, squirrels, adaptation, animal
  60 minutes
sciurus vulgaris simo finland 2008 07 02
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