Reflection: Perseverance Pedigrees - Section 3: Practice


In a perfect world, all students would "get it" the first time, and you could just send them home knowing that what you taught was learned well. I am well aware that this is not always the case, if ever. Some students, like the one you saw in the video, struggle with the task, and I believe it is not worth their time (or mine) to send them home with a bunch of practice exercises that will come back either not done, or quickly copied before class.

This is why, instead of assigning any more practice for this lesson as homework, I take a couple of minutes at the beginning of the next few lessons to have the students practice the skill of determining genotypes from a pedigree chart in class. That way, I can take the time to sit with anyone that has questions and walk them through the process. This also means that they have the support from more confident peers to work through the problems without having that feeling of "I'm just not good at this" settling in.

The question then becomes, where do you find more practice? That is where Google is your friend. I have learned that typing things like "topic worksheet" and "topic practice" is a great start since many teachers have uploaded material at different levels. In this case, all I found was really at a higher level, but piecing together from different places, I was able to create two more practice sheets that fit my students. In this instance I stopped at two since my "strugglers" finally got it. The student work you see here (SW1SW2) is from the student you watched in the video turning in work done independently.

  Perseverance: Practice Towards Mastery
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Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to read and understand a pedigree chart.

Big Idea: Pedigrees are not just for dogs.

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