Reflection: Checks for Understanding Neurons are so Impulsive! (Day 2) - Section 3: Evaluate

 

            Assessment can be a tricky task for teachers because students process material differently and are consequently incapable of translating their classroom experiences in a one size format. This paradox presents a quandary that can only be remedied in the production of lesson assessments that are as diverse as our instructional practices. In this lesson, I provided students with a written or illustrative option to articulate what they cumulatively understand or perceive as action potential in a neuron. Presented with the option, over half of my students opted to illustrate and label the process over the predominately written assessment.  No matter the assessment chosen, I was able to check for how well students understood the structure of the neuron and how its form under the influence of specific chemicals manifested into its function to effectively communicate with other cells. An option to illustrate is not only a great alternative assessment but can be executed impromptu with little to no extra prep work for the instructor. 

  Checks for Understanding: The Power in Differentiated Assessments!
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Neurons are so Impulsive! (Day 2)

Unit 5: Neuron Structure and Function
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will develop and use a model to explain how nerve impulses are initiated, propagated and terminated along neurons.

Big Idea: Electrostimuation of a neuron requires the recruitment of specific chemicals or mechanical energy to stimulate it, intracellular and extracellular ions for its electrical propagation and the release of neurotransmitters to complete an action potential.

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