Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Diagnosing the Physiological Repercussions of Concussions! - Section 3: Explore


           In this lab, students were granted the freedom to choose their own questions to investigate and independent variables to assess within their investigations. This turned out to be a gem of an activity as it led to great impromptu conversations which allowed students to compare and contrast their data and correlations assessed therein. It was shocking for students to discover that not all variables selected showed similar correlations to their selections if at all. This provoked students to ask why and allowed for me to launch a teachable moment and allowed for me to iterate with purpose the nature of variables, control and minimization of variables in scientific research and differences that can lie within studies if independent variables, although similar in nature can produce very different outcomes. This discussion ensued when students presented their graphs and findings to the class post exploration activity. (See Images of Student Works- Concussion Graphs in the Explore Section of the lesson)

  The Joy Students Controlling Variables!
  Student Led Inquiry: The Joy Students Controlling Variables!
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Diagnosing the Physiological Repercussions of Concussions!

Unit 10: Brain Damage and Disease
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students will plan and carry out an investigation to assess the accuracy of blood based biomarkers for concussion diagnostics.

Big Idea: The diagnosis of a concussions is a complicated process that requires an assessment of behavioral and biochemical symptoms.

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Science, disease, brain
  90 minutes
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