Teachers Know The Subject They Teach and How To Teach Those Subjects To Students

In the next few days I will be collaborating with my coordinating teacher to teach a lesson on Oceans. The exact lesson has not been decided because of the snow days and delays that have occured. She is not sure if they will have even started oceans by the time I teach. This is the life of a teacher though. For the sake of this post we will say that I am definitely teaching on oceans, because that is what I have started planning. Specifically I will be teaching on the zones of the hydrosphere. Most of these students have been to the ocean at least once in their lives, but they are not very certain what lies beneath. To them the ocean is this mystery of fish, sharks, salt and sand. I think one thing that is very important to discuss when teaching oceans is that there is so much out there that we have not yet discovered. I am going to start the lesson off with a “think tank” question on what kind of animals they think live in the deepest and darkest parts of the waters. With this question they will have time to think it over for themselves and write what they think in their lab journals. After they have written something down they will discuss with their table about animals that live in the darkest parts of the ocean. We will then come together as a class and one person from each table will be asked to share what the table talked about. We will then come up with a general “rule” or “idea” of something we all agree on. I think that this question will get them wondering, first, what is down there biologically, and second, what is down there geographically. This content will be important to them, because some time in their lifetime more things could be discovered that we did not already know. I will then go into the different zones of the hydrosphere. We will discover together different animals that live in each of the zones. We will discuss why each of these animals decides to make it’s habitat there. If time permits then we can watch a video on one certain zone that we have questions about. Before they leave for the end of class I want them to get out a piece of paper and write one thing they learned, two things they are confused about, and one thing they want to learn about oceans or the animals living there. This will bring in their higher order of thinking. Each student may have learned something different through out the lesson and every student may be confused on a different aspect. By reviewing these papers I, then, have a chance to see how each of them is taking in the knowledge that I am putting out there. Hopefully by talking about animals in the ocean at the beginning of class we will trump some of those misconceptions about animals in the deep abyss. The biggest thing I want to convey to the students, like I said earlier, is that there is so much out there that we are still curious about in the ocean.


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