Try, Try again

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Oyyy ... to say that I have had difficulties keeping up with the week in review would be an understatement. As lamented in previous posts, time is just slippin away. I think I can feel myself aging at this very moment. Oh well, like I tell my students, better late than never. 

One of the joys of this round of AP Biology has been trying labs that I have not had a chance to mess with previously. Some of them have gone fantastically (Creating Coacervates) others ... not so much. A couple of weeks ago we tried to observe cell signaling between asexually reproducing yeast. To say that it is tough to find and watch those little beasts under a microscope would be an understatement. The lab did turn out to be a bit disappointing, especially since the reproducing form of a yeast is called a shmoo. Everyone was looking forward to making the very technical statement that they had just counted 4 shmoos. Anyway, one group did have a good result. If nothing else, the students are getting a good lesson in "real science." I don't think there is any research lab on earth where everything works out perfectly the first time. That's the fun of science, though. It is a constant process of tweaking.

Reflecting on our adventures in yeast and other things during the week of 9/24-9/28 is Iris Sullivan.

Iris Writes:

This week in Mr. Kite’s AP Biology class, we re-learned everything from Glycolysis to the Krebs Cycle, Light Reactions to Dark Reactions, the Electron Transport Chain to ATP Synthase and everything else in between. Why would we re-learn all of this? Well not only is it good practice for the upcoming AP exam in May, but we also had a test on Thursday. Most students in this class would conclude that a test in AP Bio means staying up all hours of the night reviewing, even if we spent a whole class period playing Jeopardy to help us review. Once we completed the test though, we went straight into our next mini unit called cell signaling. To help us understand what cell signaling was and what it looked like, we tried, and let me emphasize the word tried, to do a lab to see how yeast asexually reproduced. However, only one out of the five groups got the “most accurate” results in seeing how yeast should look like when reproducing asexually. Overall, it was a good week in the lab 207. Monday we spent time working on our genetic disorder due Friday, September the 28th. Tuesday and Wednesday were geared towards studying, reviewing, and getting in those last minute questions before the test on Thursday. Thursday was the day of the test, and on Friday, we did our lab on cell signaling. It has been a good and educational week in Mr. Kite’s AP Bio class. So tune in next week for our next installment of the lab 207.