Science Literacy for Modern Students

When I look back at my own education, I had no intention of studying science (let alone teaching it). But what I always have loved is reading and writing. I can remember writing stories on my parents type writer, and I have no idea where they found the patience to read draft after draft after... Continue Reading →

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Updates to Biology Reading Days

A while back, I wrote a blog post about my Biology Reading Days. When I started this project, I wasn't quite sure where I was going with it. I now love it. You can read the original post here. I will admit, not all my students share my enthusiasm for scientific literature. And that's fine. What... Continue Reading →

Political Biology

Today I'm sharing another one of my quarter projects, meaning my kids work on it once a week for 9 weeks. I really like this one because it gives the students the freedom to dive into a topic that they really are interested in. It requires them to find out what is happening in the... Continue Reading →

The Dream House Challenge

Our last unit of the year in freshmen bio is the environment. It is really one of my favorites because there are just so many great, hands-on ways to teach kids. Last year, we built compost containers (I wrote about them here), but this year we just ran out of time. But have no fear-... Continue Reading →

Cut & Paste- Old School Style

So many people have responded and pinned my first post on how I use notebooks in my classes that I thought I would give you an update. I still use these notebooks for both freshmen biology and Anatomy & Physiology (upperclassmen). I am using the same setup as discussed in the previous post. I love... Continue Reading →

“Today we made pee….” 

Last summer I attended a workshop through the University of Illinois's extension campus. It was called "Mellow Yellow" and it was simply wonderful. Not only did they refresh my knowledge of kidney function (and dysfunction), but they gave us several hands on activities that were ready to use with students. The concepts that tied it... Continue Reading →

Creature Classification

My freshmen are doing a quick unit on classification. We cover a little history, basics of the 6 kingdoms, and dichotomous keys. It basically sets up the rest of the quarter, which covers the kingdoms in much greater detail. I'm always looking for new activities for this unit since I'm not totally in love with... Continue Reading →

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