Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of 3/20

How did you do on the work?
I finished all 3 vodcasts this week. I was also able to finish the Mendelian Genetics and Pedigrees packet. On Friday I finished the argumentation activity on Meiosis and Tetrad Formation. 

What do you think you understand well?
I understand monohybrid crosses, phenotypes, and genotypes well. I am able to do monohybrid crosses. I am then able to use the results to predict genotypes and phenotypes. 

Where do you think you could improve?
I struggle with dihybrid crosses and test crosses. I also have difficulty with knowing how many chromosomes are in the cell/cells at different parts of meiosis.

What strategies will you use to improve?
For the dihybrid crosses and test crosses I need to do some practice problems. I also need to look more closely at meiosis. 

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
We are currently looking at standard 4.5. This standard looks at meiosis. Meiosis is very important to biology because it creates the cells that allow organisms to reproduce. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cell Cycle And Cancer

Three Things I Learned
1. Some chromosome have many more cancer genes on them than other chromosomes.
2. There are many more genes for cell survival and fate than genome maintenance.
3. You do not need a tumor suppressor and an onco gene to have cancer.

2 Questions I Still Have
1. Why are there less genes for genome maintenance?
2. How do cell survival genes cause cancer?

1 Thing That Surprised Me
1. No genes coded for multiple types of cancer.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of 3/6

How did you do on the work?
I finished all 3 vodcasts this week. I was also able to get through the Cell Cycle Regulation POGIL during Wednesday's class. On Thursday and Friday I did the HHMI Cell Cycle and Cancer.

What do you think you understand well?
I understand the cell cycle well. The POGIL really reinforced what I learned in the vodcasts. The HHMI Click and Learn was a good way to mix it up to help make the cell regulators easier to understand. 

Where do you think you could improve?
I think that I could improve on my ability to identify what phases the cells are in based on looking at them.

What strategies will you use to improve?
It would be helpful for me to go back through my vodcast notes after doing the POGIL and Click and Learn.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
The cell cycle has a lot to do with the beginnings of cancer, which is a very widely studied topic in biology.

Weekly Reflection for Week of 2/28

I was at Junior Nationals this week. The class did the PCR lab. I don't have much to say because I wasn't around to take part in the lab.