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.

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