Saturday, February 11, 2017

 Reflection for Week of February 6th

How did you do on your work?
 I think I did well on my work this week, particularly keeping up with the vodcast. I finished it early and I didn't have to worry about it for the rest of the week. I took a little long on the quiz on Friday, so I didn't get as much done with the project as I would have wanted to. I have some work to do on it this weekend as well.

 What do you think you understand well?
I definitely understood the components of DNA replication and protein synthesis really well this week, even down to the nitty gritty. I spent a lot of time studying for the quiz and I felt really confident with the material. The project actually really helped with my understanding of transcription and translation. Most of the biotechnology stuff made sense to me, and the ethics part really had me questioning myself and also wondering what the world is going to do in the future about it.

 Where do you think you can improve?
I could improve with maybe being more focused while taking notes, instead of just writing down the words and not totally paying attention to what is being explained- this is still a problem for me as I'm usually trying to get my homework done efficiently. I also think I should spend more time drawing and understanding the diagrams still, because sometimes the visualization is harder for me.

 What strategies will you use to improve?
I think improvement could be with using my time more wisely, especially with the project. We made a few mistakes and had to start over, and this could have been avoided if we made a sort of storyboard prior to starting filming and cleared it with Mrs. Cole. I also could maybe start studying for the quiz earlier in the week. I also can just set aside more time for the vodcast in general, and turn off any distractions during it.

 How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
As I said last week, DNA is obviously important when it comes to biology and our reasoning for knowing about it is the same as I said before. The objectives and connections are largely identical as well, because this week was mostly an application of what we have been learning. But we have also learned more about biotechnology this week and I think these major parts are fitting in as more of a modern biology aspect, because the ethical issues with biotechnology right now are being debated heavily.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Week Standards: [4.1, 4.2]
How did you do on your work?
 I think I did well on my work this week, because the packets both went smoothly and I was able to follow the vodcasts for the most part, because we already learned most of it in advanced biology. I think I answered the vodcast questions thoroughly, although some were a little challenging.

 What do you think you understand well?
I definitely understood all of the components from this week fairly well, though on a broader scale. I get the idea of all of the parts of DNA replication, I just don't think I understand the most detailed aspects of them, and the exact function of everything involved in the process.

 Where do you think you can improve?
I could improve with maybe being more focused while taking notes, instead of just writing down the words and not totally paying attention to what is being explained. I also think I should spend more time on the diagrams, because sometimes the visualization is harder for me.

 What strategies will you use to improve?
I think improvement will come with just reviewing my notes, and working on the memorization. Supplemental videos usually help as well, and discussing the last vodcast in class will also help clear up a few things I am confused about. 

 How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
DNA is obviously important when it comes to biology, as it is the blueprint for a lot that goes on in our body, so our understanding of it is crucial for a biology course. It is the basis of genetics and heredity, and we have learned about those in our evolution unit as well, with things like the founder effect and the bottleneck effect. It also has a lot to do with proteins, and we have learned a lot about enzymes, etc. previously.