Reflection: ELL Students Sleep: A Balancing Act between our Internal and External Environments! - Section 4: Extend


            It pays to be flexible in the classroom! I have several students who enjoy the incorporation of color and art in our lessons to organize their thoughts, but don't always plan for this strategy. In the event that you plan like I did, to introduce students to a great graphic organizer that they can do without, be flexible. Ask what their alternative would be and if it accomplishes the same goal, permit it. This helps students to build student confidence, communication and achievement. For example, one of my students, proposed to use a highlighting system to develop and accentuate her own cause in effect system as opposed to the cause and effect chain that I suggested. (see student samples attached). I was flexible enough to allow it and she through increased classroom discussion and improved quiz scores demonstrated the gain of my compliance. This, however was not the first time that she made the request. I just thought it would be worth sharing with an activity that she as an ELL student could have potentially struggled with otherwise. 

  Flexibility Nurtures Student Creativity!
  ELL Students: Flexibility Nurtures Student Creativity!
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Sleep: A Balancing Act between our Internal and External Environments!

Unit 9: Learning, Memory and Biological Clocks
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: Students will explain how external cues influence internal homeostatic processes which induce a daily condition known as sleep.

Big Idea: In the effort to minimize activities in the body and brain, the body uses external stimulants such as the sun's light to deactivate the brain to regulate daily sleep and wake patterns.

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