My first experience with LEOs was a success. Students were engaged, collaborated and cooperated while exploring the figurative language in the song “Firework” by Katy Perry. Students work in core groups on daily basis, so using a variety of LEOs in my lesson went very well. Student knowledge was deepened during this time on several different concepts that support the learning goals. Some students expanded their understanding of tone and mood. Others worked on making connections and supporting their connection with reasoning. Summarizers found key points of the day’s work. Imagery Hunter’s explored imagery and metaphors.
Challenges that arose during the lesson occurred during the critical thinking component of the LEOs. Students using the Imagery Hunter LEO were challenged when they had to support their answer with symbolic and metaphorical meaning. Students working on mood and tone struggled with deciding on the supporting details that best supported their answers. It was difficult not to guide and probe more during this time, but I wanted them to figure it out on their own to optimize their understanding.
The next day we reflected on the lesson and not only did I provide positive and negative feedback on the learning experience, so did the students. We came up with strategies to improve the learning experience the next time. Next time, I will replace the Summarizer with Intuitor because it has the component of reasoning as well. I felt that LEOs were an essential tool for students to explore the text. By utilizing this tool students learning experience was enriched, effective and meaningful.