FINAL PROJECT: Abstract and Reader's Reponse > Lessons on Microbes: Learning after the AP exams

Revised problem statement (ABT):
Students are taught to the exam, especially in AP classes, and tend to burn out once the exams are over. But students still have almost a month of school after the AP exams where they do not have classwork to do. Therefore I have created an interesting lesson plan on food production microbes to keep students interested and wanting to learn even after the AP exams are over.
Structure:
Packet or set of highly modular documents: lesson overview (engagement, exploration, evaluation), handout, maybe power point, and *the reasoning and conclusion part *
Citation style:
Part formal (conclusion and reasoning)
And informal in like PowerPoint and handout
Abstract:
Students are taught to the exam, especially in AP classes, and tend to burn out once the exams are over. But students still have almost a month of school after the AP exams where they do not have classwork to do. Therefore I have created an interesting lesson plan on food production microbes to keep students interested and wanting to learn even after the AP exams are over. The document starts with a cover letter to my AP Biology teacher explaining the document and the purpose. Next, the document goes into a lesson plan that includes an exploration. The lesson plan is followed by the supplementary documents like handouts or a PowerPoint to be used with the lesson plan. The lesson will use different teaching styles explained in different biology teacher websites and experiences to keep students interested and engaged in learning about food production. The lesson plan will also overview an exploration of making cheese and how microbes play a role in such. After the lesson plan and supplementary documents I will explain why I chose certain teaching techniques for my lesson plan, and how they relate to keeping students wanting to learn biology. The conclusion of this document is that students should keep engaging in biology learning even after the AP exams are over, and this is a lesson plan that will keep students engaged and ready to learn.
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Reader’s profile: I imagine someone (maybe a student) skeptic that this lesson plan shows students need to keep learning, because they are no longer being tested on it.
Reader’s response: I do not understand why we would still be learning something past the AP exams. I am not getting tested on this subject so why should I waste time on learning when I could be watching Netflix. I mean I do get bored by watching Disney movies over and over, but I think my time is better spent studying for other exams than doing an extra lesson. I guess this could keep me engaged as I like doing explorations and getting to see how this connects to real life. If we were to do this lesson I would be able to learn about how microbes relate to my daily life as I did not realize that microbes were so prevalent in how we make food even today. But still overall I think this lesson is a waste of time.
May 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVA
V, your project is nicely scoped and described. You will have a wonderful portfolio to use in the job search. Would you consider staying an additional year at UMCP? The Master Certification program is in the education department. I can make a referral for you.
May 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea