Proud Student Teacher

02.12.2013

Hello! I have been sadly neglecting my blog page, but I have intentions of getting caught up. I have sooo many updates since the semester has started! First off, I have to share my first teaching success story. Today I gave my first test since I have been teaching, and I was really excited for the students to take the test. I couldn't wait to come home and see how they did, so I could evaluate my teaching methods. Well, I came home, graded the test, and my mind was blown! The students did really well! I felt like they were going to do well because when I gave them their study guides they all said, "This stuff is so easy!" It was nice to hear them say that because that means they know the material. Also, in case you are wondering, these students are in my biology class, and we just finished human genetics, so it is not that easy. Tomorrow we are starting learning about DNA itself rather than just inheritance patterns.

My other biology class is a couple of weeks behind this one, so they are learning about sex-linked genes, which are genes that are found on the X and Y chromosomes. Some common X-linked disorders are color-blindness and hemophilia. I love teaching biology because I get the chance to share all of these fascinating facts and knowledge with the students that will hopefully be meaningful to them. I hope they now understand more about themselves and the world around them after taking biology. Some of the fun things we have done is study various human diseases and disorders such as albinism (lack of pigments), color-blindness, hemophilia, muscular dystrophies, Down syndrome, Turner's syndrome (females with 1 X chromosome), and Klinefelter's syndrome (males with multiple X chromosomes). I love talking about human-related biology because all of the students are interested. They love asking me questions about all sorts of diseases, and I am so grateful that I have the biology major to supplement my teaching because they ask some pretty hard questions. For example, the students were learning about meiosis, which is the process in which sperm and eggs are formed. The students were all ears of course, and they asked great questions. They asked about things like Octo-mom, the man who had a baby, how twins are created, etc. We have had some great discussions about things that I hope will make them more informed citizens.

I will try to give more regular updates because I have so much to share, but unfortunately student teaching is an extremely busy time. I work pretty much non-stop, but I love every single bit of it. Have a great night!

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