Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Simulating Protein Synthesis (Day 2 of 2) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Connecting to the Big Idea in Writing and Pictures

 

I have made a concerted effort to draw out meaningful learning experiences over the course of a few days rather than attempting to pack in a huge amount of content or skills based work in one session in the hopes of freeing up additional time for new learning right away.  I have been seeing that the brain just doesn't work like that and that this additional time supports my broader learning goals for students.  I tell my students that "We go slow to go fast."  If we scaffold heavily early on, the learning goals later in the year become much more attaining at a faster speed because students have the prior knowledge and recall necessary to make vital content area connections and broad conceptual leaps between topics.  Although I still navigate that nervous space of all teachers everywhere thinking that I will run out of time before the year ends and not have covered all of the material I wanted to, so far that hasn't happened.  And the more I see these residual benefits to students in the form of more positive collaborative experiences for all students, ones that don't immediately favor my high flyers or quick processors over any other type of thinking or expression, higher levels of confidence and competence among all students, and enhanced engagement, participation, and achievement, I know I am making the right choice

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Simulating Protein Synthesis (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 7: Unit 7: DNA & Protein Synthesis
Lesson 19 of 22

Objective: SWBAT trace there phases of protein synthesis (transcription, mRNA processing, and translation) through this engaging movement activity.

Big Idea: Get your kids moving and make a complicated process come alive as students take on roles in the three phases of protein synthesis!

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