Reflection: Real World Applications The Highs and Lows of Serotonin's Neurotransmission! - Section 2: Engage


       Prediction in and of itself is a powerful engagement tool and higher order thinking process that can help students access prior knowledge and navigate uncomfortable content with greater ease. When this action is presented in tandem with a scenario that promotes discourse, is real-world based and/or adds shock value, we teachers have an open door to push students' prediction capabilities. In this part of the lesson, I presented this synergistic cluster of "academic shoe horns" to students to prime them for predicting. Using a simple and incomplete equation, I instructed students to predict the chemical basis of behaviors presented in a video that defies reasonable action and requires for them to access content from an earlier lesson. I learned quickly after my first run with this activity that it was more conducive to learning when I prompted students to add and record an up or down arrow before the chemical to implicate raised or lowered levels of each. This addition gave students enough pause and inquiry to reference their earlier notes to make more refined predictions. This created less cognitive friction for students throughout the lesson because they felt that they had some direction and comfort level in the material as I presented it.  

  Tapping the Power of Prediction!
  Real World Applications: Tapping the Power of Prediction!
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The Highs and Lows of Serotonin's Neurotransmission!

Unit 6: Neurotransmitter Chemistry and Mechanism of Action!
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: Students will collect and interpret data from a simulation to explain the homeostatic activity of Serotonin in the human brain.

Big Idea: Serotonin serves as the brake system of the brain. Left unchecked, humans can be potentially susceptible to a host of negative behavioral responses.

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