I haven't and hadn't heard of it. I am looking into getting a copy; I see that it's available as a download. I wonder how some of the ideas hold up given its 1986 (?) publication date. Thanks for the recommendation.
As a school we have adopted a collaborative model of teaching. I direct the work in help departments etc work together to insure (at least attempt) that what is taught in one Biology classes for example is the same in all the Biology classes. We work together as departments etc in giving common assessment and instruction using the strengths of the individual teachers.. We are working to implement much of the DeFour Model at our school. I am in charge of that.
Hi Sean, I feel like such a dunce, but I cannot figure out how to add students to my wordpress blog page so that we could all share one page. Could you tell me what I'm missing? It seems everyone is WAY past that stage...
Thanks for the message, too. What a nice thing to do! Susan
Haha, thanks! Being a student isn't so bad but if you had told me, when I graduated high school, that I would spend the next five years grinding away at a degree in Biology only to become a teacher I would have said you were crazy. When I started this I planned on becoming a world famous scientist but after a long winding journey here I am, a few credits shy of graduating and plummeting into the world of high school, all over again. And I couldn't be more excited.
Hi Sean. I love this site! I first heard about your blog from Dr. Doyle's blog, which I stumbled upon a little while back, and I am very glad I did. I am currently applying to teacher education programs (I graduated with a degree biochem in '07) and have been scouring the internet for resources on how to make a biology class as transfomational an experience as studying it has been for me! This network is definitely an amazing start. The integration of technology into the class is especially exciting, though I know very little at this point and look forward to learning. Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks for the warm welcome Sean!
I was really excited to stumble on this space. I was searching for biology wiki spaces and one linked to this network. I am hoping it was one of the more valuable web searches I've done.
Thanks! I'm new to ning and heard about this site from Colin Matheson this weekend in Palm Springs at the CSTA conference.
I have facilitated the compilation by high school teachers of a Marine Biology course that meets all the Biology CST (Mark and I presented it today at the conference). It is online, but if we could share it in a better way, let me know and if anyone has contributions, we'd love to see/have/include/share them.
Sean, Thanks for the welcome. I am still claiming the "new teacher" status since I am in my 4th year. I still struggle with some life science labs even though my background is Botany. I really want to try incorporating FAST plants, DNA extractions, etc into some of my middle school classes. Plus I really haven't tried dissections with classes and think maybe a simple one would be good.
Thanks Sean! I heard about The Synapse from Stacy Baker at the Science Online 2010 conference. I work with PRI's The World Science Podcast and Forum, and we're hoping that some of our podcast episodes and forum discussions (where anybody can interact directly with guest authors and scientists) will be useful for members of the group. I'm wondering what is the best way to get the word out about some of these discussions. For instance, the podcast that comes out this afternoon includes an interview with Charles Darwin's grandson and biographer Randal Keynes. Keynes will then be checking in on our online forum for a week to respond to lquestions and comments posted by listeners. Is this of interest? If so, what's the best way to let people know? Thanks again! -elsa http://theworld.org/science
Thanks for the welcome, Sean. I'm looking forward to finding and sharing lots of good stuff. And I'm glad my photo gets me included in the cool Bio teacher club ;-) It's from my summer research in Mongolia and my favourite picture ever. I was impersonating the Abominable Snowman from that really old Xmas kids movie about Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer.
Hi Sean! I teach CP Biology, Integrated Sciences, and I just started IB Biology HL. I'm on the second year with my seniors. I hope to glean hints and tips to teach this class the best that I can. Hopefully, I can contribute as well.
thanks. I am a new graduate, but teacher is a career change (sort of) for me. I am hoping to have a good look around the site, and hopefully post where I can over the winter school holidays here - which start next week.