Reflection: Routines and Procedures The Biotech Game of Life (Part II) - Section 3: Explore


The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is known as a one stop shop for effective Project-Based Learning instruction (PBL). Before attending PBL workshops offered by BIE I had truly underestimated how effective collaborative student groupings can have such a powerful effect on the learning that occurs in my classroom. One way I have ensured that truly collaborative instruction occurs in during projects such as the ones presented in this lesson is the use of the BIE Collaboration Rubric.

This rubric enables student groups to self-assess the effectiveness of the collaboration occurring within their groups in six key areas. Instructors can also assess student group interactions using this tool! I can't express how much of an improvement I have seen in student group synergy and harmony with the use of this diagnostic as well as the surprising discussions about group dynamics I have had with my high-schoolers. What a tangible way to explore the skills upon which future life success will depend on as students transition to college or career!

  Routines and Procedures: Collaborative Groupings Which Actually Lead to Productive Collaboration
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The Biotech Game of Life (Part II)

Unit 5: Basic Tools of the Biotechnology Workplace
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: Students will create a biotechnology company and market a product in order to experience the trials and tribulations associated with developing a biotechnology related idea into a successful commercial product.

Big Idea: The pace of innovation, from developing an idea to creating a new biotechnology product, is rarely in line with the medical needs of a changing society.

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Science, research and development, experimental process, drug discovery, College and Career Readiness
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