Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Comparing and Contrasting Meiosis and Mitosis: A Discussion and Analysis - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Guided Discussion


When I first realized this lesson was needed, I was dreading it.  I have always loved small group work scenarios and enjoyed project based learning and short lecture situations.  But using a textbook to guide an entire class through a difficult concept always made me nervous that I might not reach every student.  

Over the years, I have found that there are a few things that can really support the effectiveness of extended group discussions for learning by all students.  Here is my short list:

  • Have an image for students to look at and comment upon.  This is a great way to encourage the sharing of prior knowledge and lets you know where gaps and misconceptions are within your group throughout the session.
  • Have a very specific set of goals for the session and plan out the pacing and sequencing of those goals.  The order in which I present and move between related but not necessarily linear concepts matters.  I document my plans each class session, evaluate how it went, and settle into a very rigid protocol for myself in order to replicate successful results in every class.
  • Continue to use the image throughout the session to gather more student comments that show how their ideas and understanding has changed.
  • Use, list, and point out essential vocabulary repeatedly.

I can't wait to hear your great ideas and add them to my list!

  Setting Up for Successful Guided Discussions
  Adjustments to Practice: Setting Up for Successful Guided Discussions
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Comparing and Contrasting Meiosis and Mitosis: A Discussion and Analysis

Unit 6: Unit 6: The Cellular Basis of Inheritance: Mitosis & Meiosis
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast the processes of mitosis and meiosis

Big Idea: Guide students through an active discussion about meiosis and mitosis using text graphics and slides to encourage student questioning and analysis!

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, cell cycle, cell division, Chromosomes, Life Science/Biology, mitosis and meiosis, diploid, haploid, crossing over, tetrad
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