Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Are you Smarter than a Worm? (Operant Conditioning in C. elegans ) Day 3 - Section 2: Explain


           Most of us teachers are very familiar with graphic organizers especially in the science classroom where we have to help students become immersed in almost a new language. This being the case, it is of particular interest and importance that we utilize graphic organizers to help students become more fluent readers and communicators in science to reach a level of functionality in this language of sorts.  This is why I elected to provide students with a template to navigate the reading exercise in this section of the lesson. Students find it much easier to conceptualize neurological events at various levels if they view them in a more visual presentation and are consequently capable of comprehending the language and concepts therein. As a result of its implementation, students in fact found it easier to understand the similarities and differences in learning between lower and higher life forms when they diagrammed it. As reading researchers have pointed out, graphical organizers can be extremely useful when they match the structure of the text being read. For our purposes, I sought after one that used the processes of comparing and contrasting (utilizes two columns) to develop the students frameworks. This does wonders for student thinking! 

  Using Graphic Organizers to Develop Readers in the Classroom!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Graphic Organizers to Develop Readers in the Classroom!
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Are you Smarter than a Worm? (Operant Conditioning in C. elegans ) Day 3

Unit 9: Learning, Memory and Biological Clocks
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: Students will interpret and analyze data from an ongoing investigation to describe learning trends in C. elegans worms.

Big Idea: Data is a powerful tool that can be used for students to develop or extract meaning from. In this lesson students use data from C elegans studies to articulate trends of an operant conditioning study that may me applied to human behaviors.

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