|Modeling at the middle school level
On Wednesday at Hubble Middle School, 8th grade students in Rebecca Rosengren's A-level biology class hurried in to class. Students were excited to work on their whiteboard story boards in anticipation of presenting to the rest of the class.
This year, Rosengren is using a method of instruction called modeling. Last summer, Rosengren participated in the Midwest Modeling Institute at Wheaton Warrenville South High School. The 10-day institute, coordinated by WWS teachers Phil Culcasi and Jim Stankevitz, is open to educators across the globe.
The modeling method of instruction focuses on Socratic style dialogue and better engages students because rather than teachers, students lead class discussion. Some educators would say the modeling method of instruction allows for deeper learning. This method of instruction is typically present in high schools. While Rosengren wasn't too sure about using this method for her middle school students, she has been very happy with the results.
"Teaching students science through modeling has turned so much of how I used to teach, upside down," says Rosengren. "I begin with how the students can work through a problem or scenario together in a student led discussion of the 'why' or 'how' through their questions to each other. My role then becomes facilitator, instigator and guide."
Rosengren's students are working on a unit about natural selection. On Wednesday, students worked in groups to develop whiteboard story boards about the survival or extinction of several different species including hummingbirds, bacteria and two plants. After preparing their storyboards, groups presented to the entire class and were then questioned by other classmates on their theories and rationale. Rosengren was able to facilitate the discussion and questions by posing a few of her own.
"Modeling also allows a wide variety of options for discussion in how or who presents and how the discussion takes place (in a round or presenting to the class). A silver lining for this type of lesson is that there isn't a reliance on smart devices when using whiteboards to present and discuss, students practice sharing ideas, thoughts, questions, conversation and disagreements together," says Rosengren.
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