I used a post-lab discussion where we cultured bacteria from around the school with and without antibacterial soap. This was a low-academic 10th grade bioMessage 1 of 5 , Jan 27, 2006View SourceI used a post-lab discussion where we cultured bacteria from around the school with and without antibacterial soap. This was a low-academic 10th grade bio class. The discussion was probably split 50-50 between research methods & experimental design and specific content (bacteria). The kids did a great job that day, and I scored 3.75 on that entry.
npwolcott <npwolcott@...> wrote: I'm having trouble coming up with a whole class discussion for my <BR>Biology students without doing question/answer type stuff. I thought I <BR>had it nailed last year with an environmental issue but I think it <BR>wasn't scientific enough. I'd love to hear some suggestions. Thanks!
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It s not really the topic that you discussed that was inadequate, per se. One of two things probably happened instead. Either you didn t quite understand theMessage 1 of 5 , Jan 28, 2006View SourceIt's not really the topic that you discussed that was inadequate, per se. One of two things probably happened instead. Either you didn't quite understand the directions and didn't have a discussion that met those qualifications or your answers to the questions (which had to be clear, convincing and consistent) were insufficient for the assessor to have a good view of what went on and to show that you could analyze what went on.
My suggestions would be to re-read the entry instructions and also the scoring guide for that entry. Make sure you understand what is valued in the entry and what you are instructed to do. (Make a 2-column heading on a piece of paper.) Design and write out the questions you want to ask in your discussion and use it in class. That way you will be sure to cover what you intend.
Remember that this process is designed to recognize excellent teaching, not interesting discussion topics. You must show that you do that ( what normally goes on in your class), that you know what you did and why you did it and that you can analyze what learning went on with which students and how you plan to address misconceptions and helping the students that did not meet your expectations in this lesson.