Trinity school completes the GENO year: Lessons Learned
posted by: acarr
During the past 2 weeks, Francis Raycroft and I did the last GENO week at Trinity School at Greenlawn. We had a total of 26 students (17 girls and 9 boys). Their teachers were John Lee and Erica Price.
Normally we only have 5 days to complete the GENO activities, but this time we were given 10 days. However, we only used 8 days. We were able to complete all GENO steps, including PCR, ligation, transformation, plating and painting. And, on the last day we gave a challenging quiz as usual.
We have done GENO several times in the past 2 years at Washington High School, New Prairie High School, St Joseph High School and Trinity School. But the last times in the past couple months at WHS and Trinity, I feel I really knew the lab. Not that I knew the science, but that I understood what to teach to my audience.
For example, at WHS we had freshman honor biology students, whereas at Trinity we had advanced sophomore chemistry students. And back in December, we had AP biology junior students at New Prairie. Not all of these students can understand the same level of material in just a weeks time. So, we have to pick and choose what is most important for them to know at their learning level (i.e., each group had different backgrounds in biology material).
I also learned how to make the lab flow smoothly in time management. At both Trinity and WHS we had some short days, but we still were able to get things done. And, even if we had normal class time, we still could break up the time to do things efficiently. Students did not have to get a pass to their next class because we ran over (this happened at St. Joe in our first GENO trials).
I am not perfected in my methods in any way…but I do feel more equipped to enter the GK-12 classroom. The only thing I am sad about is that I no longer will do this thru NSF or NDeRC. Wednesday was our last day. However, as I prepare for a possible teaching career next year (i.e, college level), I know that the NDeRC GENO experience has given me a big step forward.