Reflection: Checks for Understanding Are you Smarter than a Worm? (Operant conditioning in C. elegans) Day 1 - Section 4: Wrapping Up!

 

           The purpose of this first part of this three day lesson was to serve as a primer to a short term student investigation on learning. This project was quite exciting for me as an instructor since I spend most of my time using guided inquiry at an accelerated rate, (within the 90 minute block) which does the job but doesn't possess the ability to implore deeper thinking.  Subsequently, I had to prepare an effective plan that would provide students with an in class opportunity to develop the background of the subject before investigation implementation. I anticipated that students would require confidence in their content to usher in the formation of both a sound research question and hypothesis and consequently a sound investigation. And while hypothesis development seems like a mere step in the investigation staircase, it can be heavy in assessment purposes. A sound hypothesis informs us if or when our students are or aren't able to differentiate between the concrete and non-concrete, and the discovered versus the undiscovered. In its sum, it is a window into our students' comprehension levels which ultimately determines how well they navigate the upstream and downstream parts of their investigation experiences. As such, I found it critical to this three day investment to give students adequate time to wrap their mind around background information and planning. 

  Student Hypothesis; a glimpse into their comprehension!
  Checks for Understanding: Student Hypothesis; a glimpse into their comprehension!
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Are you Smarter than a Worm? (Operant conditioning in C. elegans) Day 1

Unit 9: Learning, Memory and Biological Clocks
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Students will plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms that maintain homeostasis in C elegans are similar to those in humans.

Big Idea: C elegans can be used as animal models to predict human learning behaviors as there are many parallels in the neural circuitry that can be interpreted in an interchangeable fashion.

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