My school is looking to revamp its curriculum and the idea of offering honors courses has been brought up. Presently we offer just a general biology course to all incoming freshmen. All sophomores take chem, juniors can take physics or an AP, and seniors can take AP or an elective science. I teach at an independent school with a 1-1 laptop program.
So if your school offers both courses:
- How are the courses different or similiar as far as what is taught and how it's taught? Is honors just a pre-AP?
- How do you decide who takes honors?
- Do you like this setup? If so, why or why not?
- Do your honors students do internships with scientists in your community- say once a quarter for a day or some other setup?
I am sure I will think of more questions to ask. My department is trying to get a feel for this and see if it would be worthwhile to do. But I need to do some research first before we discuss it further.
Thanks so much for any information you can offer!