Reflection: Adjustments to Practice The Cell Lab: Working with Microscopes (Day 1 of 3) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Wrapping it Up


This is the second year I have used this online microscope tutorial and I am very happy with the impact it has had on basic student microscope skills and my ability to focus our class on the content we are learning rather than continually cycling through groups to repeat my demonstrations of the basic directions for viewing slides.  I am wondering if it would be helpful to students and to me to include a written prompt document for students to use as they work through the tutorial.  I have been reluctant to do this because I wanted to keep students focused on the doing and collaborating aspect of the experience, not the writing piece.  Alternatively, I envision asking students to write a conclusion statement and include a diagram of the microscope identifying the major components and their functions to be completed after they finish the tutorial rather than during the online experience.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts after you have had the opportunity to use the tutorial with your students.  What would you do to make this activity even more worthwhile for students?

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The Cell Lab: Working with Microscopes (Day 1 of 3)

Unit 5: Unit 5: A Tour of the Cell
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT independently and effectively use a light microscope to view and identify cells.

Big Idea: Check out my version of the classic microscopes and cells lab experience using an engaging online tutorial and encouraging students to take their own micrographs to share!

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