Reflection: Real World Applications Animal Research and Nicotine Toxicity - Section 2: Engage


        One of my goals as a teacher is to help my students understand the nature of science. Specifically, I attempt to convey the redefining and evolving nature of this field and attempt to do so with the utilization of real world applications. In this section of my lesson, I introduce students to the grave dangers of a freely distributed product; nicotine. Like most items in mass circulation, we often become desensitized to its potential hazards. When students are exposed to these stories, they are not only reminded of its dangers but are stimulated to ask questions about why these dangers elude us. More importantly, they seek to understand how can we understand these dangers better, albeit for personal preservation. No matter the reason, they essentially subscribe to the thinking of the scientific community and here's where we as teachers can help them to understand why their questions are essential to keep science alive. I love that I can invest them from this level and elevate their thinking to a terrain that reveals why we need to revisit thoughts, theories and practices of science. I love that I can make thinking scientifically a natural process for them. 

  Emphasizing the Ever Growing Nature of Science!
  Real World Applications: Emphasizing the Ever Growing Nature of Science!
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Animal Research and Nicotine Toxicity

Unit 11: The Brain and Toxins (Drugs and Environmental)
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: Students will explain why animal models are utilized in research to predict the behavior of nerve cells in humans in response to nicotine.

Big Idea: Animal models are used to produce reliable data which predict the responses of humans to nicotine in the body.

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