cell - Unit Plan 11-12-98 Ed. 337 Sec.#1 Matt Wermich One...

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Unit Plan 11-12-98 Ed. 337 Sec.#1 Matt Wermich
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One of the most fundamental and important concepts in Biology is cell theory. The focus of the unit is what is the cell theory, and how does it relate to the students in your class? In order to create a unit on this topic, one would have to focus on a thorough understanding of cell structure and function, and while doing so stress the importance it has within the existence of all life. Making certain that a connection between the microscopic cell and the human physical make up is clear. Without making this association the knowledge learned about the cell will be poorly reinforced and rendered ineffective. But with proper real life connections this information will not only change the way students view their own physical make up, but will help foster a deeper understanding and respect for the world around them. Understanding the basics of cell theory empowers individuals by allowing them to understand basic biological processes. This in turn has a direct link to their bodies, it allows for an understanding of the basics of medicine and the effects on their health. Besides a basic understanding of medicine, the cell theory aids in connecting the student to the rest of the natural world. Once students have realized that all living things are made up of cells, the division between them and plants and animals diminishes. Hence a more respectful relationship between student and the natural world is created. A concern when teaching cell theory is initial student boredom. I recall a 10 th grade biology class I was in for a practicum experience a couple of years ago. Moments before a dissection the teacher digressed a bit to explain a bit about epithelial cells. The class was totally disinterested. But who could blame them the teacher brought this subject up moments before a dissection, an exercise that enraptures most students,
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through either fear or curiosity. On top of that, students see the cell as bland, and who can blame them. By the time most students have reached high school they have almost certainly been introduced to the basics of the cell. With such a basic understanding (not having a through understanding of the cells structure, the cells function, or the connections to students lives made clear) cell theory may seem very mundane at first. This is incredibly sad considering the cell is to biology as the atom is to chemistry. It is the basis of every living thing. In order to remedy this it is imperative to make solid connections between the cell under the microscope and the students cellular make up. Text Analysis A.) A science generalization is a principle within science that encompasses many different interpretations and for the means of expediency the exceptions to the rule are not included. A scientific fact is a principle that has with stood much scientific scrutiny and is seen as the current and most likely theory at its time. B.)
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