Reflection: Student Ownership Family Secrets - Section 3: Explore


Anchor charts are meant to be an anchor for specific learning, such as class discussions or student polls, which you would like to capture and make visible to your students and visitors. I use them to provide a place where I document what we are learning from a student perspective (student voice) in a dynamic visual reference.  I love that the chart or poster is created from the ideas and questions of my students and that by using the anchor chart I am able to send the message that I value and validate what is relevant and authentic to them.  When my students and I create these posters together there tends to be a sense of urgency and importance in terms of their participation in the class activity and not to mention some serious ownership!  

Although we create the charts in class, I always have a pre-made template to get us going. This layout serves as a preview of the flow of our discussion and, more importantly, keeps me on track in terms of flow, sequence and pacing! When available, I use self-stick chart paper that can be moved to different locations and stacked on top of one another for charting during my many class periods. I also use Post-It notes for student responses so that I can recycle or reuse the charts for future lessons or in future years!

Finally, an absent student can reference the charts and read the thoughts shared by their peers during a class discussion or student poll that they may have missed and feel part of the action as if they were actually involved. I oftentimes direct students to the appropriate anchor poster when they ask a question that has been addressed during the creation of one of these useful charts. It is wonderful to see that students will do the same to their peers! 


  Student Ownership: Use of Anchor Charts in High School Science Classrooms
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Family Secrets

Unit 6: DNA and Detectives: Applications of Genetic Testing
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: The objective of this lesson is to evaluate a Genetic Testing case study of Huntington's Disease (HD) in which students describe the symptoms and inheritance patterns of HD and explore bioethical dilemmas in gene testing.

Big Idea: What would you need to know in order to agree to participate in genetic testing for a potentially fatal disease?

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Science, Biotechnology, Forensic Science, Gel electrophoresis, genetic testing, DNA Technology
  105 minutes
genetic testing class
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