Cognitive Processing

Critical Response Protocol

Need a way to introduce a unit? Want to get your students thinking deeply without even knowing they are doing so? Find a summative or provocative visual, diagram, graph or model and use the Critical Response Protocol!

Get the class to answer these five simple questions in round robin fashion and off you go. You’ll be surprised. Not quite magic, but the wisdom in the group is always greater than that of the individual.

Open Inquiry using C. elegans

C. elegans is a free-living nematode. It is small—growing to about 1 mm in length—and lives in the soil (especially in rotting vegetation) where it survives by feeding on microbes such as bacteria.

In this lesson, students pose questions, design, conduct, and analyze a controlled experiment testing different behavioral stimuli of the worm C. elegans.


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