Learning about Cells?
When I teach about cells in the middle school, I begin by using a sequence. Building from the basics of a microscope to looking at actual cells. Students never stop being amazed by what they can view under a microscope. If you are looking to improve your lessons, try the following tips.
- Record a series of video lectures that are no more than five minutes long. I like to use my classroom PowerPoints and a program like screencastomatic.com.
- If you don’t have a classroom full of computers, put students in 6 groups of 4 students each around a device. As long it can access your video you are good.
- Allow your advanced students to work ahead. You’ll find students that need more time, will pause the video and watch it again. This is a build in adaptation. No more need to hold up the whole class because one student is behind.
- Ability grouping works well with this activity.
- Think of it as a “Bent Classroom.” Students aren’t flipping the classroom, they’re just using content you created via a technology device.