Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Portrait of a Leader in Biotechnology (Part I) - Section 5: Explain


I personally have always enjoyed releasing the reigns and facilitating my courses as apposed to "teaching" my content or my students. This is why the use of the Reciprocal Teaching strategy was such a natural fit for me and match the culture of my classroom. The benefits of using the reciprocal teaching strategy with my students is that I have seen great gains in individual students comprehension as a result of using this routine and a decrease in frustration as students build greater stamina for reading complex text. 

Reciprocal teaching is a constructivist method of teaching and the underlying premise is that the students will draw their own meanings from what they read based on their understanding of the text combined with their prior experiences. It is expected and encouraged that students will NOT answer focus questions in the same manner or approach a writing prompt in exactly the same manner despite using the same text or identical experimental data sets. The idea of ONE right answer is not supported with the methodology and students and teachers alike must explicitly teach or rehearse reciprocal reading strategies in order to reap this strategies full benefits! 

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  Challenges and Benefits of Reciprocal Teaching
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Portrait of a Leader in Biotechnology (Part I)

Unit 1: Introduction to the Biotechnology Workplace
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to identify at least three key characteristics of an effective leader in biotechnology in order to create an accurate portrait of a successful member of this dynamic industry.

Big Idea: What attributes are essential for leadership in biotechnology?

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