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Life Science

BIO 310: Biology for Today's World is a course that focuses on biology and the relations biology has with the world of today. In this class, students revisited biology like they are in grade school, in addition to applying that biology knowledge to current events. Below, I attached one of my reflection journals. These were due every week and every week had a different topic and/or assignment. I enjoyed this one because we "became" our scientists and we taught each other about that person.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

This course was a lot of work but definitely worth taking. I relearned biology and understood it in a way that I have never been able to understand biology before. In this class, I applied biology to cancer and evolution. I got to make experiments and finally understand the scientific method. I look forward to bringing to my own classroom the same amount of energy and enthusiasm as the instructors did in my class.

3/7/2011 1:01:04 PM
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Physical Science

LS 309: Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers is a course that addressed the principals on matter, motion, and energy. In this class, students are the students and the teachers. It is a self-educating and peer teaching course that uses actual models to learn about physics. In the class, we used materials provided like low-friction tracks, balloons, cars, tape, and yard sticks for measurements. The workbook that came with the class asked us to explain our ideas and we make predictions before we did our investigations. Then in our groups of 4-6 peers, we discussed our observations and then we shared our observations and ideas with the class. The tests were designed to see if we could articulate our understanding to our professor. This is how he evaluated our understanding of the topic.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

Although this course states that it is designed for elementary school teachers, I feel like this is the way that everybody should learn about all sciences. We worked in our assigned groups every week and had to illustrate our understanding about the subject. This is a great way to learn science as well as being able to "teach" our peers. The most difficult part of this class was not getting the answers but looking back at the course now, I can understand why answers are not always the best way to learn.

Mathematics

Probability and Statistics is a course that I took at City College of San Francisco. It is a course that introduces the probability theory and mathematical statistics by using mathematical models. This course used mathematical word problems and applied to real life situations. These problems would produce solutions that were used to make predictions of what could possibly happen next if the problem persisted.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

In this class, I learned how things are predicted based on a curve. Even though this course was very difficult for me, it was something that I feel that can help me understand and apply these theories to real life.

 
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