Thematic Unit of Study
Grand Canyon University
Observing tenured teachers is always a great resource. It is important to look at great lessons that are being created. It is always so helpful to see how they structure their lessons and how they choose to illustrate the content they are teaching. It was a privilege to observe such a wonderful teacher with so much experience. The Lesson
The science lesson was on the water cycle. This was a great lesson to observe. The teacher read from the text book a brief description of this process. The students were not as interested in this aspect of the lesson. The teacher then showed some great video that allowed the students to see the process. The students enjoyed the interaction with great technology and with each other. The teacher did a wonderful job of incorporating other content areas that the students were learning. There was an emphasis on literacy and on comprehending the content (Carin, 2009). The lesson was taught using some great technology that made the students feel as though they were experiencing the content. The teacher had used video with audio and the students could hear the ocean and feel as though they were flying through the clouds. Each stage in the water cycle was represented (Carin, 2009). The teacher provided paper, cotton and crayons. The students were asked to design and create a representation on the paper of the water cycle. The students enjoyed working on this project. Each representation was different. The students were also asked to present their creations to the rest of the class. The students seemed to be a little apprehensive about this part of the assignment. However, the teacher did a wonderful job of reassuring the students that they could do this (Carin, 2009). The project the students were given to create a paper version of the water cycle really was a great way for the teacher to assess whether or not the students understood the content that was...
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