Lesson Plan Creation CEP 811- Evolution Proposal
This is a lesson plan created for a high school biology class. Students are writing a porposal to present to the school board on why evolution should be taught in a science classroom.
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Derek Osborne (Teacher (K-12))
This is a very good lesson. I like how it involves having the students persuade a group of people about a topic. Building on the previous knowledge in class is a positive way to use scaffolding. Group work is always great for collaboration, get the students talking and working together, not by themselves all the time. In my experience, these can be powerful assignments.
My suggestions would be to involve the audience somehow. Split them up into different focus groups repesented at the meeting and have them ask questions to the presenters to make it even more "real world". I would also recommend a rubric for the presentation.
Christina Harrison (Teacher (K-12))
This assignment allows students to use their knowledge and apply it to a real-world situation. Persuading someone else to believe your findings is an excellent way to know if they students truly understand and grasp the material taught. Allowing students to collaborate also allows students to teach one another. I like how the lesson allows students to choose the presentation method. This lesson seems to fit many different learning styles between the previous knowledge learned, the group work and the presentation format. There is really something for everyone.
In my experience with group work, both as a teacher and student, there is usually one or two students that do most of the work and the other team members ride the shirttails of the others. In order to document participation of the project, your students could use Google Docs or Zoho Docs. Both of these programs offer tracking changes to check to see how often and how much each team member contributed. These programs also offer as easy place to create a group document and share the material once it is finished.
Kyle Whymer (Teacher (K-12))
This is a cool lesson plan because it involves students making a case for something by using research and evidence. The lesson is also good because it give students choices on how they wish to present their understanding. Also, students get to collaborate with other students on the project.
One suggestion to further guide the students technologically would be to make the assignment a WebQuest. That way students would be more guided in their search for information on the internet and they could have access to other materials in the WebQuest.