Reflection: Pacing Reading DNA - Transcription - Section 3: Explore

 

Pacing is an important part of lesson design and teaching.  Having the knowledge of when and how much content to provide students is an important component of effective teaching.  This lesson embodies what it means to develop adequate pacing for all learners. 

The central dogma of biology is one of the most complex processes to teach.  It's intricate steps( DNA replication, transcription, translation) requires the teacher to assess adequate cut off points.  Teaching all content at once, especially to middle school students, can have devastating consequences.  Students might fell overwhelmed and give up all together.  It is for this reason that I created individual lessons that focus on specific steps.  It's analogous to creating a three layered cake, I first need to make sure I have a strong first layer before I build the other two on top.  To reiterate pacing is extremely important since it increases students comprehension and lower learning anxiety.

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Reading DNA - Transcription

Unit 6: Inheritance and Variation
Lesson 3 of 19

Objective: SWBAT apply base pairing rules in DNA transcription.

Big Idea: Students begin to explore central dogma of biology.

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