Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekly Reflection of Feb 3-10

This week in Biology we started talking about DNA replication, and transcription. The vodcast for this portion of the unit was pretty long. However, I spent more time on the vodcast by first going through and taking all the notes and then going back through just trying to soak up the knowledge which seems to be really helpful. Also, we started working on a project where we are trying to show the process of DNA replication and transcription and also what happens when there is a mutation in the DNA using play-doh. This sounds like of strange but as so far been incredibly helpful. This really allows for me to fully grasp the process and work my way through it slowly, it also helped me notice what parts of the process I was a little shady on. That's why classmates/partners can be so helpful. I like being able to bounce my thoughts of a fellow students and get there input of ideas and confusion. It makes it easier sometimes to hear someone explain something in another way. I am enjoying this project so much so far that I hope we have similar projects like it in the future. I mean Biology and play-doh all in one class?! It doesn't get much better than that. This week I am hoping to give myself more time to study for the weekly quiz, the more time I give myself to study the less stressed out I feel going into the quizzes which is extremely helpful for a testing environment. Overall, things are going really well in Biology and I am looking forward to moving along in this unit.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Reflection of week January 31-Feb 3

This week went pretty well. I understand DNA pretty well and most of what we did felt a lot like a review. I remember a majority of it from Advance Biology. I really enjoy learning about DNA because I find it so fascinating and incredible that all life consists of the same genetic material. It makes sense because that is how we are able to all this crazy stuff with CRISPR but at the same time, it feels strange to me thinking that I'm made up of the same things as say a fish, pig, or whale. On the flipside of DNA being a review, the vodcasts (or rather one giant vodcast) was a lot to soak in.  I feel as though the lengthiness of the vodcast made it harder to focus in on what it was really saying. I also really enjoy hearing Mrs. Cole's voice to help explain what is being talked about. I also like the life analogies she gives that help tie everything together nicely. I think I will need to read over my notes a few times to help me understand and let all the information soak in. I really enjoyed doing the 'Who is John M' activity, it was a fun and more relaxed way to look at DNA and compare how genes are passed on to their children. I also like being about to bounce ideas off my classmates and hearing them explain their thoughts can be extremely helpful to me. This unit in AP Biology we are working on understanding Information and all that we did this week played nicely into this unit. The main thing I think I should work on for this week is better understanding the vodcasts and coming up with better questions for when we discuss the vodcasts in our groups.