Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:56 AM
This science object offers a lot of valuable information. It gives definitions and many exams of many natural and manmade stresses that harm different ecosystems in our world. It also lists a variety of endangered ecosystems. This is all at a level that my 7th and 8th graders would be able to comprehend. I really like that it shows the effects of tsunamis and stormy weather because these are things that students would be very familiar with in lieu of the recent hurricanes in the south and the tsunami that happened in Japan in 2011.
I like this a lot. In my upcoming unit plan I am teaching about water and air pollution. I could use this science object to help show effects of humans and natural disasters on the environment and its ecosystems. I hope to have extra time to show this valuable information to my students.
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:43 AM
I think that this article outlines a lot of really good strategies that I will be able to currently work into my 7th and 8th grade classrooms. The articles gives many ideas and examples of hands on activities, how to arrange your classroom seating, how to have students reflect on their learning and keeping scientific journals for students to keep notes and important things in. This allows the students to become more self aware in their own practices, and hold other students more accountable if they are trying to be off task. Creating a very group work oriented class allowed for the teacher, Doris, to engage more in one on on or small group contact with her students.
To me this is all very helpful. Having good classroom management is something I strive to have but I know will take some work and practice at first. With implementing the project oriented seating arrangements and allowing student to be engaging in self reflection and reflection of the lessons in their journals will help keep the students engaged and me aware of what my students are achieving in my class and how they are feeling about different aspects of the lessons. I will definitely implement these things into my classroom this coming semester.
unit plan ideas
Classroom Management and Inquiry-Based Learning: Finding the Balance
Type: Journal Article
Resources and Human Impact: Environmental Degradation
Type: Science Object