Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of 4/24

How did you do on the work?
This week was spent looking at transpiration, neurons, and community ecology. The week featured the transpiration lab in which my group tested how a pH similar to that of acid rain affects the rate of transpiration.

What do you think you understand well?
I understand the community ecology pieces well. And I am looking forward to seeing the other groups presentations on their transpiration labs to see how transpiration can be affected.

Where do you think you could improve?
I don't understand the electricity parts of neurons very well. When the POGIL started talking about millivolts I was left very confused. 

What strategies will you use to improve?
I will go back and go through the packet. As well as search for some YouTube videos on neurons. 

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
We are currently looking at neurons, transpiration and community ecology. All of which are integral parts of an AP Bio course.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of 4/10

How did you do on the work?
This week was heart week. I enjoyed getting to look at an actual heart as opposed to one online. Thursday was our exam on 4.7-4.12. I thought the exam went well.

What do you think you understand well?
I understand how blood flows through the heart. Being able to see and follow the paths through the deer heart really helped. I also studied meiosis a lot for the exam, so I understand that well.

Where do you think you could improve?
I don't understand 4.10 to 4.12 as well as I should for the AP Exam.

What strategies will you use to improve?
I will go back and go through the vodcasts again, as well as watch the other videos provided,

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
We are currently looking at circulation by studying deer hearts. Our test was on 4.7 to 4.12 which covers meiosis to gene expression.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Weekly Reflection for 4/3

How did you do on the work?
The beginning of this week was spent on the Stickleback fish and the PitXI gene. I finished the packet and watched the video. Wednesday and Thursday were spent putting together our handouts in groups. My group was researching circulation. Our group's handout turned out really well.

What do you think you understand well?
I understand how genes can be active in some parts of the body but not in other parts. The PitX1 packet showed that very well. I also understand circulation well because that was what my group was responsible for.

Where do you think you could improve?
I don't understand excretion and nutrition great. It was hard for me to understand all of the concepts reading really long paragraphs of small fonts. 

What strategies will you use to improve?
I will go back and reread the handouts and do some research of my own.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
We are currently looking gene expression as well as circulation, nutrition, and excretion. These are all very important to how the body functions. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Reflection for Week of 3/27

How did you do on the work?
Much of this week was spent looking at Mendelian Genetics and inheritance patterns. We also looked at using Chi Square tests to test inheritance patterns. The lab this week was the virtual fly lab. We also did vodcasts 4.10-4.12.

What do you think you understand well?
I now understand dihybrid crosses well; that was something I struggled with initially. I can perform dihybrid crosses with no problem and calculate expected genotypes/phenotypes. 

Where do you think you could improve?
The only thing that gave me trouble was identifying some of the inheritance patterns. 

What strategies will you use to improve?
It will take practice to be able to identify all of the inheritance patterns.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
We are currently looking at inheritance patterns. How genes are passed on is a big part of biology and this course.