Well, you did it. Another Quarter under your belt. It has been a quick one for sure and we have covered a great deal. Not much more to go...it is now the home stretch.
I have to say that I am really impressed with you all as a class. You have stepped up to the challenge this Quarter and have come a long, long way. The discussions we are having in class are some of the best Biology discussions I have had in years. Having Abdo and Zeina come up with the flower on Thursday made my day. It's little things like that which shows that you are all starting to reach that higher level. You are starting to change the way you see the world and I am extremely proud of all of you.
So this week we have:
Sunday - Test on Evolution
Monday and Tuesday - start Classification and Taxonomy project (due a few days after the break)
I have to say I am really impressed with the Biotech project last week. I know it was a short research time, but really what I was looking for was the interest you started showing in topics (not only the ones you worked on, but also the ones you discovered while researching). I think it goes to show you just how much more you understand now, how much you can learn on your own, and that there is just so much interesting stuff going on right now. Well done to you all.
Now, I am going to be posting plans for the next couple weeks. This will take us to the end of the Quarter. Scary.
Sunday - Nour's Presentation and Intro to Evolution (who was Darwin, etc)
Monday - Wednesday - Evolution work
Thursday - Evolution Test (yup, that quick)
Sunday - first day back from break - Classification/Taxonomy project.
This week is all about your research project. You will be using the class time (and most likely time out of the class) working on these. Your presentations are Thursday and should not exceed 5 minutes.
Use your time this week wisely. This is a test grade but there are no re-writes...
We are now ready to move on to the last couple weeks of Genetics. This week we will wrap up the Central Dogma and finish the test. The rest of the week will be covering the few topics that didn't make the test. Check the schedule below for our weekly breakdown.
Sunday - Machines, Mutations (Virtual gels)
Monday - Test (notes chapter 16 and 17 due)
Tuesday - Operons
Wednesday - Recombinant DNA
Thursday - Virtual Labs
The week after that will be a research week. The project should allow you to cover an important topic and will let you research something that you find interesting. The documents next week will help you understand the direction I want to see you heading.
We do need to pick up the pace as we have a great deal to cover in the next couple months. It will start to feel like a but of a push but I think it is time we step up to the speed we need to move. I am going to be asking more of you in the next few months, so get mentally prepared.