Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Genetics - Incomplete Dominance - Section 4: Connecting the Learning


This is the first year our students each had their own computer. There are so many digital resources available it is difficult to evaluate them all. While we were working on the genetics unit, I stumbled upon the Geniverse simulation on the Concord Consortium website. The suggested grade level is high school, however I knew that I had students that might be interested in this site as a possible extension beyond what we were going to cover in the classroom.

I shared the link to the site - Geniverse - with my students to see what would happen. I described the genetic challenge of breeding dragons and just as I expected several students took the bait. They were hooked on genetics! A few days later, some of the students suggested that next year I include the breeding dragon simulation as part of the regular lessons about genetics in the classroom.

My students were intrinsically motivated to pursue additional activities about genetics. There was no reward, no extra credit, just students interested in learning more about genetics with the lure of dragons adding additional interest.

There is plenty of teach support material on the Concord Consortium website and I will be looking over the site this summer to create a lesson for my students next year.

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  Intrinsic Motivation: Testing the Waters for New Instruction
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Genetics - Incomplete Dominance

Unit 7: Genetics
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT explain using the Punnett square model how some alleles can be neither dominate or recessive.

Big Idea: Incomplete dominance is the blending of dominate & recessive traits.

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