Reflection: Student Ownership Biomes Cooperative Presentation - Section 1: Introduction


As much as I love making and presenting powerpoints and the "university style lecture", it can become a tedious format for many students. 

In certain instances, when the nature of the presentation is such that the sections of a presentation are each just variations on a single theme, it can be advantageous to divide these sections amongst student groups and ask them to do short research and then present their work to the class. 

Student ownership increases when they are responsible for teaching content to the rest of the class and they can become even more engaged in the process by creating test questions for their peers.

This is ultimately better for the students and myself as a teacher as they are much more engaged in their own work than simply writing down notes as I drone on, " here are some facts about the tundra..."

  Jigsaw: get out of the way and let students teach
  Student Ownership: Jigsaw: get out of the way and let students teach
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Biomes Cooperative Presentation

Unit 5: Biomes
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: Student groups will be able to describe the biotic and abiotic characteristics of a particular biome and participate in the creation of a collective presentation that covers all the main terrestrial biomes of Earth.

Big Idea: The different biomes differ in their particular biotic and abiotic characteristics.

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