In this concept map activity, students work in groups to piece together feedback loops that are part of or related to the endocrine system.
Before the activity, the instructor takes time choosing which students will work together. Groups are chosen based on individual student performance so that groups are well-rounded (e.g., someone who is good at presenting is paired with someone who is stronger at memorization).
Once students are in their groups, the instructor will randomly assign a feedback loop to each group. Groups will then discuss and compile their notes and ideas on their specific feedback loop.Each group will then present their feedback loop to the class and explain their rationale for the feedback loop.
This activity will help students learn to work as a team and deepen their understanding of feedback loops.
Groups are then given 15 minutes to discuss and compile their notes and ideas on their specific feedback loop. Once again, presentation order is randomly assigned.
The first group sends their spokesperson to the board. Using the group notes, this student draws out the feedback loop for which their group was responsible, and presents their rationale for the feedback loop to the class. Once finished, the instructor takes a picture of the loop (for grading purposes), and then critiques the loop for the benefit of the entire class, making changes to the drawing where necessary.
This process continues until all groups have presented.
The instructor wraps up the activity by briefly summarizing the concept map of feedback loops, highlighting the connections between different loops, and answering any student questions. A picture of the concept map is taken and posted online for students as a study tool.
Students are graded as a group for their initial feedback loop (prior to in-class instructor critique).
Students will be able to:
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