Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Diving Deeper into the Human Body Systems (Day 2 of 4) - Section 3: The Classroom Work: Studio Time


One of the hardest parts about effective studio time is that there won't be much for you to actively do!  You will notice that in this lesson, I describe very little of what I am doing and much more of what students will be doing independently.  As hard as it is to do so, I encourage you to resist the urge to intervene with unasked for suggestions as much as possible.  This unit typically comes at the end of the school year for most schools and students are working with high levels of familiarly with each other, your expectations, and general classroom protocols.  This topic is also of great interest to students and is one for which they have some degree of working/prior knowledge.   By carefully observing and listening, you can use this time to make either a mental list or written list of common questions, comments, and discussion themes you hear across the room.  I have found this quiet observation aspect of studio time to be a really effective way for me to structure and tailor my class clarifications each day in a way that truly addresses student needs and gives me insight into what I need to reteach, redirect, or comment upon.  It also allows me to do a quick formative assessment of our many classroom 21st century or 'soft' skills like independent work, focus and engagement, effective collaboration, and appropriate use of materials.  As I make notes on these areas during studio sessions, I can positively reinforce behaviors the next day with specific references to things I saw and heard.  This is a really powerful reminder to students about our collective work together and my engagement with them even when I am not leading a lesson in the front of the room.

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Diving Deeper into the Human Body Systems (Day 2 of 4)

Unit 10: Unit 10: Human Anatomy & Physiology
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: SWBAT discuss each body system in depth through the creation of and interaction with student created presentations.

Big Idea: Allow your students to be the teachers during this engaging lesson series of student created human body system presentations!

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