It Might Not Be Relevant, but That Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad

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There are some many ways that I will connect my summer internship to my classroom curriculum. All of the cellular growth in our Maze Runner Bacteria Lesson will connect nicely to my 7th grade science curriculum. Also, we will be looking at the scientific process with constants and variables. We will be graphing and documenting our findings in lab reports. This is going to be the most amazing seventh grade science class ever.

When the plate is finished being made with the nutrients in the corner, we had to place the bacteria in the center of the maze.

When the plate is finished being made with the nutrients in the corner, we had to place the bacteria in the center of the maze.

Our other BLAST That, Bacteria Lesson will also connect with the 7th grade science curriculum with discussions on DNA sequences, historical scientists, and family trees.

I don't know if you can see it, but the ladder DNA worked well and so did our negative. However, the actual DNA we were testing did not actually turn out very well.

I don’t know if you can see it, but the ladder DNA worked well and so did our negative. However, the actual DNA we were testing did not actually turn out very well.

However, I think the most important connection that I can make between my experience and the experiences of my students is that sometimes things that we think and feel in the lab might not seem relevant to our experiment but they often are. Sometimes just enjoying yourself and being positive can make your labs turn out so much better and can give you enough energy to try a second time when things don’t work the first time.

The enzymes did not do a good job cutting our bacteria DNA. We worked so hard, but we ended up feeling sad at our failed experiment. :(

The enzymes did not do a good job cutting our bacteria DNA. We worked so hard, but we ended up feeling sad at our failed experiment. 🙁

2 thoughts on “It Might Not Be Relevant, but That Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad

  1. Rachael Polmanteer

    I loved your most important connection about how we may not always see the relevance of why we are doing something at the beginning but it does in fact mean something to the overall outcome. I loved your positive attitude throughout the entire internship experience and I do agree that it makes all the difference in the world. Here’s to making the best lesson plans ever!!!!

  2. Grace Derstine

    This is such a good reminder! I feel like it is so easy to try to control everything in the classroom. But, I’m hoping that I can let go of some of that control and to see “failure” as an opportunity for learning. I think it was really important that we learned how to see things from the “student’s” perspective because it will help us to encourage them to keep trying and also to be brave enough to experiment!

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