Student Teaching Week 2

Wow, week two flew by and we’re already into week 3!

Week two consisted of 10th grade biology presentations on genetic disease. It was so fun to listen in on these young, completely nervous presenters as they realized that within the presentation group, they were the expert on their topic. Topics included:

  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Hemachromatosis
  • Color Blindness
  • The BRCA Cancer-linked gene
  • Tasachs, Albinism
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Phenalkatonaria
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Coloboma
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Adrenolukodystrophy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disorder
  • Lou Gherigs

Each student presented a short summary of the genetic disease they studied. At this time they also handed in their papers after submitting it on TurnItIn.Com to check for plagiarism.

It was really neat to see kids present together without having time to prepare: they didn’t know who else would be in their group or if anyone else would have the same topic. They easily and seamlessly worked together to share about their genetic disorder with the class.

Mike Shum, my cooperating teacher, has this fantastic folder on the wall with a large picture of an owl on the front. It says, “Who” – for student work without a name on it.


  • The kids described the 20th century as if it were antiquated! Do they forget they lived through the turn of the century?
  • There were dozens of words mispronounced, my favorite was “retina” pronounced “ruh-TEEN-ah” – that will not be acceptable in my classroom!

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