Sunday, February 12, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of Feb. 6 to Feb. 10

Standards of the week: [4.1 and 4.2]

How did you do on the work?
This week we worked on vodcast 4.3, the mutation packet, and the play-doh transcription project. I did well on the mutation packet as I find mutations interesting so the information just comes to me easily. I also feel I did well with the play-doh project as my partner and I worked well together and we just about finished the project in the two classes.


What do you think you understand well?
I feel that the play-doh project helped me to solidify the information about transcription and translation that we learned in vodcast 4.2. Working through the process step by step and showing how each step works helped to clear up the confusion that I had when I initially learned the information. I also feel that I understand mutations pretty well after doing the mutation packet, and in general, mutations seem pretty straight forward to me. 

Where do you think you could improve?
I feel that I can improve upon the vodcasts. I spread the notetaking of 4.3 out over the course of the week which was helpful as it didn't overload me; however, I didn't work on any of the WSQ's so this weekend I had to do all three. In the future, if we have any more large vodcasts I will try to spread out doing the WSQ's along with spreading out the notetaking.

What strategies will you use to improve?
In the future I will try to do the WSQ's earlier in the week to that I don't have to do them all right before they are due. I will also try to start reviewing the information a little sooner than I usually do before quizzes and tests as there were a few questions I was unsure about on this weeks quiz.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
This week's work was an extension of last weeks work and as I said DNA is the basis of everything in biology. Without it, the field of biolo
gy can't exist. We also learned about biotechnology with week which not only relates DNA and RNA to biology but to real life uses of DNA and RNA showing that information in biology extends into everyday parts of life.

and Tatum's experiment. I didn't understand their experiment based on the information on the prezi so I had to do som

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 3

Standards of the week: [4.1]

How did you do on the work?
This week we worked on vodcasts 4.1 and 4.2 along with two POGIL packets in class. I felt that I did well on the work as a good portion of the packets and part one of 4.2 was a review of what we learned back in advanced biology. I had some trouble on the harder WSQ questions, in particular, the one about Beadle and Tatum's experiment. I didn't understand their experiment based on the information on the prezi so I had to do some extra research on it, but in doing so I was able to figure out their experiment and the importance the results have in biology.

What do you think you understand well?
I feel that I understand the bulk of the information this week as it was more of a review of freshman biology, but looking over some of the more detailed aspects of central dogma would be beneficial to me in order to reinforce what I have learned this past week.

Where do you think you improve?
I feel that I could improve upon my diagrams as I can't visualize the processes of translation and transcription so more detailed diagrams will be helpful for me to look back at. I also feel that I should recap on some of the more important aspects of each vodcast so I reinforce the intended ideas behind it rather than just writing down what is on the screen and answering the WSQ questions.

What strategies will you use to improve?
As I discussed above reviewing the central messages of each vodcast and just taking the time to go over and process my notes is what I will try to improve upon so that I am able to retain the information rather than just memorizing it for the DISCO and the quizzes. I will also try to do more research on what I don't understand in the form of watching the extra videos on the vodcasts, using the textbook, or asking questions during the discos.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
The work we are doing now fits in with everything we have already learned. Mutations cause variance in a population which leads to natural selection. DNA codes for proteins and enzymes which are used in photosynthesis and cell respiration. The structure of DNA relates back to the bonds and structure we learned about in unit two. DNA is the basis of everything in biology and without there can't be biology.