Reflection Of Reflections On Teaching And Learning

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Reflections on Teaching & Learning:

Your Lesson Evaluation should include EACH of the following:

Decisions about the plan
• Why did you choose to use these specific teaching strategies?
I felt that an inquiry-based strategy would be beneficial to the students, because I wanted to allow them to make their own hypothesis and then conduct experiments making their own observations before providing them with information and details. This allowed them to make personal connections with what they learned from me to what they observed with their earthworms.
• Which parts worked and which didn’t? Why? How does this impact your next lesson?
I feel like this was a successful lesson. Every piece tied into another piece, creating a cohesive lesson.
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I started off the lesson with a riddle which had all the students thinking and raising hands once they figured it out. The next thing we did was to brainstorm prior knowledge and created a list as a whole group on the white board. The earthworm experiment was very engaging and required the students to use higher order thinking because I asked them to predict and explain their reasoning. I walked around during this part of the lesson asking students what they were observing and orally asking why they thought they were getting the results they were as well. After the experiment we discussed some of the students’ observations and thoughts from the experiment. For day 2 of the lesson I opened with a review of the experiment and we conducted a class poll on the results so that the students could clearly see the results and preferences of the earthworms. Then we discussed why the earthworms choose those environmental conditions over the other. Next, students measured gummy worms using different criteria listed on their worksheet. They also had to cut their gummy worms half and into quarters. I used the fraction part as a tie into the fact they have been working on fractions in the classroom. I also asked the students to compare their gummy worm as they were stretching it to how the earthworm from the previous week looked as it moved, stretching and retracting its muscles. The students were fascinated …show more content…
Of the other three students: one scored a C, one scored a D, and the last one scored an F. The reason these students did not meet the objective is because they failed to answer all the prompt questions. I did read each question out loud to the students before they started writing and emphasized that they had to answer all the questions. However, some students still did not address each required question. To address this in future lesson, instead of asking for a paragraph to answer everything, I could break it down into individual questions with provided lines for each question.

Evaluation of Differentiated Instruction
• How did your strategies for differentiating instruction help diverse learners?
I provided differentiation by allowing students to work in small group for the labs. I provided visual and auditory instruction with the book and video and kinesthetic learning with the labs. The ESE student and RTI students did not have to write as much detail on their learning summary and were able to use their observation forms as a reference.
• What would you continue to do? What might you do differently?
I would continue to provide learning opportunities that meet the needs of the different learning styles. What I would do differently is provide an alternative assessment sheet for some of these students that is a little less overwhelming for

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