Teams Game Tournament is a method of cooperative learning that involves every student working as a team. Using a method that provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other, will trigger the students to be active during learning activities.
TY Sciencestudents are this week using this technique in class to revise materials covered to date. The victory of the Team Games Tournament is the victory of the group. When the tournament is on-going, the teacher records the score obtained by each individual. The individual scores are then accumulated as the final scores obtained by the group. The winner is the group that get the highest score. This fosters self-confidence in each student.
Hopefully applying this method can provide a positive impact in our classes and will be used more frequently in the future.
When DNA is taken out of the cell and stretched out, it looks like a twisted ladder. This shape is called a Double Helix. The sides of the DNA ladder are called the backbone and the steps of the ladder are pairs of small chemicals called Bases: Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), Guanine (G) always pairs with Cytosine (C).
Our 6th Years used coloured jelly tots, liquorice and toothpicks to construct a DNA Double Helix. The liquorice is the backbones; the jelly tots are the bases and the cocktails sticks are the bonds. And the best part of all is that the students got to taste the “DNA” afterwards.
The annual 2nd Year science quiz took place in the library today. Numerous prizes were on offer not just to the winners but for team names, best answers etc... From Galileo to Newton, from Dunsink to Cern, the questions tested their knowledge, not just of the JC course but science and technology in society. Well done to everybody involved. The good humour was contagious and the girls had a great time. Luckily the quiz took place at the end of the day as spirits were high at the end!
We were delighted to welcome PhD student Julianne Kealy to Dominican College today to speak to all our 3rd Years on climate change. Julianne is also the daughter of our Librarian and Geography teacher, Ms. Martina Kealy and she has given talks in Europe and America on her PhD findings. We were thrilled that she developed a lecture and Q&A session to suit our 3rd Years.
The 3rd Years have just finished studying and undertaking projects on conservation and human impact on the environment, and so we felt that they were best suited for the lecture. Aided by a great powerpoint display showing the effects of climate change as well as some statistical analysis showing the rise in temperature and it's current and future effects was an eye-opener.
All students should have picked up on some life long skills that can help minimise climate change.
Some of our 5th Year students used Tarsia puzzles today for the first time. Tarsia puzzles are a fun and engaging way to study, learn and revise any topic. We printed off a series of questions and answers on coloured paper. These were then randomly put on a series of squares and triangles by the software package and students had to combine a question and answer side by side (as shown in the picture).