Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of February 6-10


How did you do on the work?
I did well on this week's work. For homework, I did vodcast 4.3, which had three parts. I completed all parts on time and was more thoughtful about the organization of my notes than I think I have been in the past. In class, we worked in groups on creating a video demonstration of the process of transcription and translation. Not only did I enjoy this because I got to play with Play-Doh, but I also solidified my knowledge of the process we were modeling with it. On Friday, we took a quiz on the material covered by the last two vodcasts, and besides one or two questions, I was confident in all my answers. As usual, we did a couple of packets during class time this week, which I felt helped me because they provided real-world examples of what we were learning about, such as the rock pocket mice.
What do you think you understand well?
Thanks to the Play-Doh activity, I understand the process of transcription and translation (for the most part.) I also understand very well how mutations in these processes can affect organisms, because this ides ties back to our first units on natural selection and evolution
Where do you think you could improve?
The additional processing that the RNA in eukaryotic cells go through is still a little confusing to me. Taking notes on it made sense, but when we had to model it in our video, I realized that I didn't fully understand how it worked. I could improve by studying this topic more, perhaps with the use of my textbook or online videos.
What strategies will you use to improve?
As I said last week, taking advantage of the supplemental material would help me improve. Although we haven't received our graded quizzes back yet, I also could go over my quiz more thoroughly to make sure I understand why I got certain questions wrong.
How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
This class is supposed to teach us biology (obviously,) but it is also supposed to teach us how biology is relevant. The information in vodcast 4.3 about the applications of new bio-technologies in the real world does this. If we are to become scientists, or at least people who understand what we hear in the news about science, it is imperative that we learn this material.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of January 30th-February 3rd

Weekly Reflection for the Week of January 30th-February 3rd
Standards: [4.1]


How did you do on the work?
This week, we worked through vodcasts 4.1 and 4.2 at home. In class, we worked in groups to analyze DNA sequencing evidence and determine whether the fictional "Jeff M." was related to the H. family. We also completed packets that reinforced the lessons from the vodcasts. I feel that I did well on this work. The vodcast was long, so I broke it up over the course of several days. I understood everything I was taking notes on at the time, but I need to go over them again to put together what I learned on different days. Most of the WSQs I was able to complete either from memory or by looking at my notes, but I had to use other resources to answer some more difficult questions.
What do you think you understand well?
I think I understand the processes of DNA replication in a general sense. I credit this to advanced biology in my sophomore year.
Where do you think you could improve?
Although I understand everything we've learned this week, I don't remember all of the more specific details. I could benefit from studying the structure of all the participants in DNA replication more.
What strategies will you use to improve?
To improve, I could take more time to process my notes as I take them. Sometimes, especially with more extensive presentations, I tend to write as quickly as possible with the intention of coming back to them later for thorough processing. I think I would understand better and be more efficient if I took down notes and processed them fully simultaneously. In addition, consulting the textbook or the supplemental videos when I find something particularly confusing would help me to improve.
How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
It seems that in this course, we began with broad concepts and have worked towards more specific ones. For instance, we learned about evolution and natural selection, which affects whole species and populations. Then we took a look at individual organism and what their cells were made up of with the Organelle Campaign. Now, we are going becoming even more focused and learning about the processes those organelles perform.