Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Conversations of Genetics: Two Stories of Huntington's Disease - Section 2: Engage


      Making evidence based claims and arguments in the classroom are a trending and highly effective methodology that is growing in classrooms today. In this lesson, I incorporated this strategy as a reading exploration activity to build these strengths in my students and to improve their skills set in reading comprehension. As opposed to the traditional route of having students make a claim and build evidences through experiences to substantiate the claim, I had them search for and utilize evidence of a problem through document interactions to establish a claim (a patient's condition in this scenario). Reversing the order, helps develop inductive skills and helps students to distill evidences (symptoms in this case) progressively into a substantiated claim, which are reflective of reasoning practices in the medical community. Students took well to this strategy as they expressed feelings and expressions of accomplishment when they identified that they solved the mystery of the "unknown condition". It is well worth the time and efforts.  

  Evidence First: Building a claim through evidence.
  Problem-based Approaches: Evidence First: Building a claim through evidence.
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Conversations of Genetics: Two Stories of Huntington's Disease

Unit 7: Genetics and the Brain
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Students will apply concepts of statistics and probability to two case studies to construct an explanation for the genetic basis of Huntington's Disease.

Big Idea: Understanding the impact of Huntington's disease involves a delicate balance of conversations with counselors and genetic calculations!

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