Hey Nash...this might be annoying...I signed up for a second account on this page because I realized I used the wrong email the first time around....my bad...you may want to delete my first account (I'm realizing right now that I prolly could have just changed my login)
Thanks for the welcome to The Synapse, and apologies for the delay in replying (two small children etc - you know the scene).
Thanks for creating this network - I'm really enjoying the ideas and inspirations floating around here.
Thanks for creating the site. I see you do a fruit lab in one of your classes. Do you have a handout that you could share? A few of us are trying to collaborate on a plant biology unit in the AP group and I would love to get as much material as possible. Thanks.
Hi and thanks for the "welcome." I started at the other end of the spectrum and just recently started teaching junior high...it's "different." I found this site when I ran across Stacy Baker's blog online the other day. This is really neat and I can't wait to share it with my friends too :)
Hey! Thanks for this awesome site! I'll invite you on to FAT Bio. I have some "expert voices" (teachers from other schools) on there too. It was my first Ning and I kept it private b/c I use it as a means for grading participation and other things. This was also the first Ning for most of them and I wanted to see how it would work without a lot of outside unknown influences. I am also setting another one up for my 9th graders. I may bug you also a bit about Marine Bio- I will be teaching that as a semester course next fall. Thanks again!
Been trying to get it for a few years- actually had to get called "marine science". Each year we compete in the NOSB regional competition here in VA (Blue Crab Bowl) So to prepare for it, we start in Sept so it is like I am teaching an extra class anyway. Majority of the schools we go against have oceanography or marine bio in their curriculums.
oh and nice to meet you as well. I've been trying to find a good bio teacher group for awhile that wasn't just a listserve and also incorporated a good bit of tech/21st cent learning/web 2.0 (whatever you want to call it) into everyday science teaching practices.
OOPs! I deleted my previous comment by accident Sorry! Anyway II sent them an email. The strange thing is it that when I click the link you sent to get to their help desk, it says I have the wrong sign in info. I thought it was just something funky w/ the site this morning but it did it again tonight. (but I can get on every other ning I belong to???) I'll get it figured out. No big deal.
Mythbusters is taught at Year 9 (15 years olds) and is aimed at developing science skill through experimentation and investigation rather than via set themes. We use the television program as a starti ng point and then try to pull apart the myth. We where possible attempt to conduct similiar investigations eg toast butter side down. The old mentos and diet cola is used to discuss the effects of variables and the role of a control. Music and plant growth will next be on the list. The unit is basically an extension course for those students keen on science.
Thanks for the welcome! Sorry I didn't have many details when I first signed up. I had only a few moments, so I focused on sign up and setting up my RSS feed for the group. I filled out the details a bit today. :0)