Couldn't help myself but join. Looks like a good community here and I as well as taking things away, I hope to be able to put back. This is my first time teaching bio this coming year and should be a bit stressful but a blast nonetheless.
Thanks for the welcome and I'll see you around
Thank you for the welcome from you and your wife. I discovered Synapsis while looking for aydditional rescources for AP Biology. I saw that your wife coaches cross country. Our school has a pretty amzing program. The boys have won the Ohio state championship 3 years in a row and the girls have neen in the top 10 for the past three years. Its hard not to brag about the team. My wife and I love cross and our son is on the team so our falls are dominated by the sport
Looking forward to becoming more involved in the group this looks like a great rescourse for biology teachers
I was just looking at your photo site wistfully. Are you in a private school? How do you do that trip to Andros. I did an Earthwatch trip to San Salvador Bahamas and a number of trips to the Keys. None as a teacher leading a group of students though. Thanks for the welcome and yes I am very comfortable with both the Bible verses and Evolution.
I am happy to share with others. I have just finished reading an article in Natural History on the Extreme Mammals of South America. One of the interesting facts that the article brings out is how untouched South America was and how this environment catered to the development of odd species. I enjoyed reading it.
See you online:>) MJB
Thanks so much for the welcome. IPS is Intergrated Physical Science. It is a foundational 9th grade course. Focus on Intro to concepts in physics and chem. I do not officially teach AP bio, I am working on my audit. I just finished up my first 12th grade advanced bio course. Based iton the concepts and lab of AP biology. Had a BLAST!!!! I have lots of questions about how to get it all done.
I have been so busy teaching this summer and trying to learn new software in connection that I have not been writing and submitting to the blog...
Sorry. about the non-blogging
I am helping the newbies in my department to create and develop their skills in teaching science. I am focusing on smartboard technology's interactivity capabilities. I am creating interactivity strategies for my colleagues in biology and chemistry. They are trying to learn how to change their teaching styles from teacher centric to learner centric.
Blogging is the next lesson... next month...
It is a slow process but so much fun for me... I love finding free software for use and helping them to develop the skills for the new virtual learning venue...
Thanks for the reminder. It turns out that our new member J. Gudelsky is teaching in my hometown, Cincinnati!
BTW: For your members that are interested in Educational and Action Research, I've started a discussion group at the MS Portal to look more deeply at these three questions:
1. How can I make my student's thinking visible?
2. How can I uncover student misconceptions and/or errors in reasoning?
3. What remedies/solution strategies can be applied for each specific misconception or error in reasoning?
As a start we'll be reading chapters from the book: How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom (online from the National Academies Press)
You'll find the group at: http://www.msteacher2.org/group/educationalandactionresearch