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.

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