• Exploring Generic Probability Using TI Calculator

      Laiosa, Sarah; The College at Brockport (2004-10-28)
      To utilize the tools we learned in the TI classroom to give a graphic understanding of genetic probability. Genetics are the building blocks of heredity and inherited phenotypic and genotypic characteristics.
    • Student Motivation in the Urban Middle School Science Classroom

      Laiosa, Sarah; The College at Brockport (2006-08-01)
      Student motivation in any setting is difficult, but proves to be a unique challenge when dealing with urban middle school students. During my student teaching experience and my first year teaching in such a setting, I have found that it is extremely difficult to instill the importance of education in these students. This thesis focuses on the effects of teachers, peers, and administration on student motivation and incorporates strategies to improve motivation through a variety of techniques. At the completion of the research section of this thesis, I discovered that it was primarily the teacher that was responsible for the motivation of these students, as suggested during the literature review, with some motivation relying on peers and very little relying on administration. My study also suggests that a shift from a teacher-centered to a student-centered classroom, incorporation of cooperative work group strategies, and clear directions and expectations set forth by the teacher are key in instilling motivation in these students.
    • Using the Graphing Calculator to Compute Probability

      Bruyea, Courtney; Herrman, Patty; Laiosa, Sarah; The College at Brockport (2008-04-29)
      Students will integrate probability through Math and genetics using Punnett Squares. Students will manipulate a probability trail with the Graphing Calculator application of a probability simulator using marbles. Students will connect marbles with homozygous and heterozygous genes. Students will communicate their trials in fraction and percentage form. Students will then manipulate Agent Sheets to understand how Punnett Squares determine Homozygous and Heterozygous genetic trait probabilities.