2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Presentation, Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice, Life Science

 

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Using Zebrafish as the hook for increasing students’ scientific curiosity and advancement - special focus on English Learners.

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B314



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Video links Zebrafish.doc.pdf
ZSI Flyer-23.pdf

STRAND: No Strand

Show Details

Explore the use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) a freshwater fish at the forefront of biomedical research and easily maintained in a classroom aquarium, to spark ALL students’ curiosity and scientific engagement with real-life science experiences through multiple-learning modalities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learning how zebrafish and low-budget pet store supplies can be used to engage diverse learners in multimodal (visual, kinesthetic) real-life science learning experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Vinita Hajeri (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Wonderfully Weird and Wild Phenomena - Using CER and Live Animals to Achieve 3-D Learning in Biology

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood A


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Want to make phenomena come alive for your students? Well use live animals for your phenomena! In this session, Samuel Pruitt will show how to use the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) teaching strategy and an array of live reptiles as phenomena to teach biology and environmental science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Using Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) and live animals in biology and environmental science phenomena can provide critical to learning and can be motivational to students. This session will blend the CER teaching strategy with the interest that comes from using live reptiles in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Samuel Pruitt (Biology/Environmental Science Teacher: , GA)

3-Dimensional Science Rubrics for Backward planning and Student Success

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B311



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Presentation
Here you will find a copy of my presentation!

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

Show Details

In this session we will showcase how to unpack the NGSS Science Standards to develop transparent rubrics. We will showcase how to use the rubric for backwards planning and what formative process to follow so students can set their own success criteria.

TAKEAWAYS:
Setting students to be successful in your Science Classes by Backward planning and setting success criteria.

SPEAKERS:
Rodrigo Diaz (Science Teacher: Managua, 0)

From CRISPR to 23 and Me: The Revolution in Human Genetics

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood A


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Techniques such as CRISPR, mitochondrial transfer, and mRNA therapeutics have opened up new possibilities for genetic manipulation, bringing with them new possibilities that can energize the biology curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be introduced to high interest case studies/phenomena to engage their students in human molecule biology and gene therapy.

SPEAKERS:
Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Apiaries in the Classroom: Educating South Dakota’s Youth about Honey Production through Educational Beehives

Thursday, March 23 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B312


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

This program aims to dramatically increase the exposure to and consumption of locally produced honey by developing a network of apiaries and supporting curriculum for preK–12.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will learn about: 1. how educational apiaries can be used in an education setting; 2. the benefits of implementing curriculum related to honey production; and 3. strategies to engage migrant students in STEM education.

SPEAKERS:
Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Big Lessons from a Little Worm

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Big Lessons from a Little Worm focuses on how to introduce the model organism, c.elegans into the classroom. Using c.elegans in the classroom has the potential to introduce inquiry-based labs, student-led research and much more. This presentation will highlight a chemosensation lab.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to run a chemotaxis assay, learn about GPCR signaling, and neurobiology and will learn how to introduce this lab into the classroom. Participants will learn the basics in working and maintaining worm stocks in their lab

SPEAKERS:
Kimberly Monahan (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics: Durham, NC)

Adapting a professional-level field research course to high school biology

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Redwood



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00000 Field Biology NSTA HANDOUTS.docx
Digital Resources list of files
McPhail CV 3-25-23.docx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) conducts graduate field biology training. Their teaching model is a daily cycle of data collection, analysis, and reporting. The benefits for students 15-18 of a strong commitment to field science include better understanding of scientific arguments, increased confidence in research, communication, and team-building, and a sense of ownership. For high school classes, I stretched the timeline of each research cycle from one day to three weeks. Classes were divided into three-student teams with rotating roles (writing, editing, and presenting). Teams developed hypotheses, carried out field investigations, analyzed data, and shared their results on the final day of each cycle. These activities occupy about 40% of available class time. This adaptation of professional education to high school biology has had the effect of giving students a distinct advantage in experience and confidence as they have moved on to later research opportunities.

TAKEAWAYS:
A strong commitment to a field centered program is a leap, but the diversity of choices for possible research projects can integrate with many curriculum goals and contributes profoundly to students’ excitement, engagement, and analytical skills.

SPEAKERS:
Barry McPhail (Bayside Academy for Advanced World Studies: Mobile, AL)

Algal Blooms! Designing Solutions to Reduce the Impact of Human Activity on the Environment

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom C


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Experience a lesson where students take on roles of stakeholders while engaging in guided research, discussion, and designing solutions to address algal blooms in Florida. Plans, protocols, and templates for student work and collaboration will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn a strategy for guiding students to research and generate solutions an environmental issue that impacts various stakeholders in different ways. I want attendees to see the need to teach skills related to research, discussion, and consensus building.

SPEAKERS:
Steve Kuninsky (Science Teacher/Instructional Coach: Lawrenceville, GA)

Storylines for ALL Learners: Modifying the storylines to meet the needs of diverse learners

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom B



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Biology Storylines Modified NSTA Spring 2023.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Explore strategies to modify various storylines that increase belonging and student identity in the science classroom. Testimonies from biology and special education teachers who have implemented storylines to bring NGSS and equity to students with learning needs.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to recognize barriers to students' success and implement strategies via storylines to remove those barriers and promote equity in the classroom. Participants will be able to modify storyline activities as we discuss and work through the modification process.

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Pavic (Glenbrook South High School: Glenview, IL)

Teaching Strategies that Encourage Student Engagement and Efficacy in the Virtual Classroom

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

This session will highlight some of the practices that can be used to encourage student engagement, authentic work, and efficacy in the virtual environment. Through years of experience in a traditional face-to-face environment, a blended/hybrid online environment, and a fully virtual environment, t

TAKEAWAYS:
A major takeaway of this session will be strategies and ideas that teachers can immediately implement in their classroom to engage their online learners and gauge their mastery of the classroom standards rather than students’ internet savvy.

SPEAKERS:
Bethany Lambert (Online Content Developer & Science Teacher: No City, No State)

The Biology of Evaluating Skin Care Products: Inquiry-based learning in Anatomy and Physiology

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Redwood



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NSTA 2023 Evaluating Skin Care Products PowerPoint
Student Handout The Biology of Evaluating Skin Care Products'.docx
The Biology of Evaluating Skin-Care Products (Olson, Matthias, & Mason, 2021).pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Do you have dry skin? Evaluate a variety of skin care products on simulated skin cells using Orbeez super absorbent polymers in an inquiry-based lab.

TAKEAWAYS:
Take home an exciting new inquiry-based lesson to incorporate into any biology or anatomy and physiology class.

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Mason (University of Wisconsin-Stout: Menomonie, WI), Gregory Matthias (University of Wisconsin-Stout: Menomonie, WI)

An applied ecology unit: Impacts to Biodiversity on campus

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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An Applied Ecology Unit_Amy Jenkins

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Our problem based learning project ‘Impacts to biodiversity on campus,’ merges scientific inquiry and hands-on, authentic experiences. We share our unit sequence, materials and methods, and finished products as well as the intangible benefits such as class camaraderie and appreciation for science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the unit sequence, materials and methods, and finished products of our problem based ecology unit, as well as intangibles such as class camaraderie, enthusiasm and appreciation for the challenges of science.

SPEAKERS:
Amy Jenkins (Rabun Gap Nacoochee School: Rabun Gap, GA)

Wonderfully Weird and Wild Phenomena - Using CER and Live Animals to Achieve 3-D Learning in Biology

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom B


Show Details

Want to make phenomena come alive for your students? Well use live animals for your phenomena! In this session, Samuel Pruitt will show how to use the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) teaching strategy and an array of live reptiles as phenomena to teach biology and environmental science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Using Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) and live animals in biology and environmental science phenomena can provide critical to learning and can be motivational to students. This session will blend the CER teaching strategy with the interest that comes from using live reptiles in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Samuel Pruitt (Biology/Environmental Science Teacher: , GA)

Powerful, FREE simulations for three-dimensional NGSS teaching

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Come discover how free, NSF-funded simulations and curricula from The Concord Consortium can add all three dimensions of the NGSS to your physics, physical science and chemistry teaching, with a special emphasis on the Science Practices. Bring a device and take away free resources!

TAKEAWAYS:
Strategies in the use of simulations for 3D NGSS-aligned teaching

SPEAKERS:
Chad Dorsey (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA)

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