Nitty Gritty Science presents guest blogger Carla Brooks from Science Island, who is not only one of the greatest science educators I’ve met, but has come to be one of my most treasured friends. Read along as this National Board Certified Teacher shares one of her tried-and-true authentic learning lessons on inheritance with, dare I say it…puppies!
Today, I want to tell you about my all-time favorite Biology project! In the fall of 2003, I attended a workshop led by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe of “Understanding by Design”. The workshop focused on writing authentic assessments such as real-world projects to drive instruction and facilitate deeper student understanding. Over the next few weeks, I wrote four UbD projects that were used as exemplars for science teachers in the State of Hawaii, but my favorite project, by far, was my Genetics Performance Task “The Inheritance of Coat Color in Labrador Retrievers”.
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