I am a Wildlife Ecologist and have worked as a science educator at the secondary and post-secondary levels in WI, CA and TX. I enjoy connecting students to the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I am retired from 30 years of face-to-face Biology teaching, most recently teaching IB Biology at the American School of Barcelona (ASB) high school in Barcelona, Spain. Currently, I teach 2 fully online high school courses for Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS): AP Biology and AP Environmental Science. In addition to teaching, I previously served as a NSTA Senior Online Advisor & NSTA Web Seminar Moderator and in a leadership role as the District 5 Director for the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST). In the past, I have enjoyed facilitating teacher professional development as an adjunct instructor (UW-Stevens Point) and Science Curriculum Specialist (CESA 5, WI).
Biodiversity teaching resources and content background for K-12 educators.
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Sat, Sep 22, 2018 9:44 AM in Engineering in Biology
Hi Kaitlyn -
I have been using Biomimicry to integrate engineering into Life Science at the High School level for the past 2 years.
It's really engaging for students and allows for great creativity and exploration.
Check out the https://youthchallenge.biomimicry.org/?utm_source=Youth+Desi...-276118409 " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Biomimicry Youth Design Cha...
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Sat, Sep 22, 2018 8:38 AM in Rural Schools and NGSS Implementation
Hi Bev -
Great ideas! I've included these topics into Life Science/Biology:
- History of the Earth (with Evolution unit),
- Global Carbon Cycling (with Ecology/Climate Change topics),
- Conditions on other planets (with discussion of characteristics/requirements for life),
- Plate tectonics (with discussions of global biodiversity, biogeography) etc.
Thu, Jul 05, 2018 1:34 PM in Science Safety Handbook
Agreed. Flinn has great safety resources.
They also have Safety Contracts & Exams online that you can print for high school, middle school or college in English and/or Spanish.
NSTA also has excellent NSTA Safety in the Science Classroom resources http://www.nsta.org/sa...
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Striding Through Time
Tue, Jul 08, 2014 6:29 PM Animal Locomotion and NGSS
This article presents a series of engaging student centered activities and a project on animal locomotion. This vertebrate trackway analysis is a NGSS based integration of engineering and math into biology and earth science classes. Students collect and analyze data on human stride patterns and dinosaur trackways to study the biomechanics of animal locomotion. There are excellent web based resources provided to assist with classroom implementation.
The Green Room: The Latest on Climate Change
Tue, Jul 08, 2014 5:45 PM Climate Change and NGSS
This Green Room article provides creative teaching ideas and excellent website resources for updated information on Climate Change. These resources can assist you with integrating climate change into your curriculum as you work to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Science 2.0: Textbooks 2.0
Mon, May 12, 2014 6:47 PM The ebook Revolution
This short article is an excellent overview of the potential of interactive digital etexts for enhancing student learning and of the pitfalls associated with etext integration. The SAMR model for technology integration is discussed in the context of etext adoption (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification Redefinition). Of particular interest it the potential to "future-proof" etexts with digital updates.
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