Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Modeling Protein Synthesis (From Genes to Proteins) - Section 1: Introduction

 

Modeling has been such an effective means of building conceptual understanding for my students. However, in order to acquire a truly helpful visual aid I have spent a great deal of time researching different models as well as a great deal of money. This modeling activity combines two best practices from two different Central Dogma modeling activities. First, the Protein Modeling Teacher Notes contains a script that has been invaluable to me as I actively model on the whiteboard, "Think Aloud", and chart student inquiries and comments in order to record the learning that occurs during guided modeling activities. Secondly, this lesson utilizes large Modeling the Central Dogma Template pieces that I photocopy for each student or pair of students so that students can actively model along with me during the Protein Synthesis Modeling PowerPoint Presentation. Due to the use of multiple visuals and manipulatives with the guidance of a prepared script and PowerPoint, I have been able to move students further and faster towards mastery of the Central Dogma!

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Protein Modeling Teacher Notes
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Modeling Protein Synthesis (From Genes to Proteins)

Unit 8: Nobel Prize-Winning Biotechnology
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to practice modeling protein synthesis as the instructor demonstrates the process using manipulatives.

Big Idea: Abstract concepts can be made more concrete with the use of tangible models for complex biological processes such as protein synthesis.

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