Reflection: Diverse Entry Points The Neurotransmission Cycle Revealed - Section 1: Introduction


       Neurotransmission, although a moderately difficult concept to grasp, is one that can present a struggle for students if you don't meet them where they are when it is introduced. As such, I attempted to either accommodate students' learning at various entry points through a plethora of instructional modalities or tried to provide them with an opportunity to clarify the concept through content layering. For example, within the lesson students are provided with strategies which allow them to see the process of neurotransmission mature via a a progressive succession of activities such as brief animations, illustration interpretation, discussion, modeling, inquiry, guided inquiry, labeling and text interaction. This diversity of activities ascertained that at some point in the  90 minute frame that students were able to successfully secure a firm understanding of the concept. This was very evident, when students at various points of the lesson, were able to better explain how it works to me or their partners. Finally, and since this a foundational concept for future lessons, I found the research and implementation of multiple modalities to be worth the time, effort and planning. 

  Making the Most out Varied Instructional Modalities!
  Diverse Entry Points: Making the Most out Varied Instructional Modalities!
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The Neurotransmission Cycle Revealed

Unit 6: Neurotransmitter Chemistry and Mechanism of Action!
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: Students will use and develop protein models to construct explanations of receptor and enzyme specificity in the neurotransmission process.

Big Idea: Without the presence of specialized proteins in the synapse, neurotransmitters would be incapable of repeatedly producing or preventing action potentials.

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