Making Sense of Genetic Information Through Modeling: Replication, Transcription, and Translation

Presenter: Tim Herman, Ph.D, Milwaukee School of Engineering & 3D Molecular Designs

Thursday, July 21st - 2:20 - 3:20pm

Teachers explore strategies that make student thinking visible while engaging all students with models to investigate the elegance of the Central Dogma of biology. Using the Flow of Genetic Information Kit© and instructional strategies that promote modeling, revision of models, collaboration, and reflection, teachers will identify how modeling can be used to reveal student understanding of DNA and RNA structure and function. Teachers will investigate their own ideas and anticipate student ideas in using models. Teachers will also explore how models for replication, transcription, and translation can provide spiraling instruction throughout a semester in order to enhance student success with complex ideas.