Reflection: Trust and Respect Identifying Oxidation and Reduction - Section 3: Mini-lesson and Guided Practice


One of the things that I am most proud of from this school year is the culture of learning that I was able to facilitate in my classroom.

This student knew more than he showed; I know this because I talk with him every day, and he often showed mastery of topics. When he was in front of the entire class and on video, he was trying to do all of the things a teacher has to do, and this challenge manifested itself in the way he misused vocabulary words that I am confident he knows.

And this gets at the heart of my pride. He nonetheless had the confidence to stand there, make some mistakes, get corrected in front of his peers, and keep moving forward with a positive attitude and even more importantly, an important contribution to the whole class conversation around how to identify oxidation and reduction. The whole class was able to chuckle at his misuse of vocabulary words, but in a way that was nice, and not mean.

In order to learn, we have to make mistakes. As teachers, regularly naming this facet of learning is an important part of facilitating a culture of learning.

  A Culture of Learning
  Trust and Respect: A Culture of Learning
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Identifying Oxidation and Reduction

Unit 8: Redox reactions
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to identify which atoms are losing electrons and which atoms are gaining them in a chemical reaction.

Big Idea: Oxidation involves losing electrons, while reduction involves gaining them. Together, these processes are known as a redox reaction.

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