Reflection: Student Ownership Researching My Invention - Section 3: Independent Practice


As I was conferring with students today about their inventions I had a couple of students who started to shut down because as they were researching they found that their invention had already been invented. They have had such ownership over this activity, that they became attached! 

Therefore, I set the lesson image of Thomas Edison and his quote "I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that wouldn't work and the quote of Kurt Vonnegut,“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down," as the big idea. I reminded my students that many inventors encountered failures as they were developing their invention.

I also gave them an example of my first idea, a heater for my steering wheeling. I showed them when I looked it up that I found out you have to connect with an adapter to your cars power. I said, "Hmm.. this has already been invented but some inventions are revised ideas of other peoples. I could make a battery powered heated steering wheel cover or one you heat up in the microwave before you put it on your steering wheel. 

I also told them that they could always go back to their brainstorming we had done over the past couple of days and use another invention idea or brainstorm some new ones. 

This reminded me that true student ownership is when students can make mistakes and fix them on their own in order to get a task down. This is something we will continually practice! 

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Researching My Invention

Unit 5: Text Structures Project
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT research their invention by gathering relevant information from multiple digital sources, using search terms effectively and assessing the credibility and accuracy of each source.

Big Idea: “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

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