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Education is the lighting of a fire, not the filling of a bucket. William Butler Yeats. S449 AP Biology. Sharon McCoy [email protected] (847)755-3815 Office Hours 7:20 – 9:00 AM 12:00 – 5:00 PM. About Me. In my 22 nd year of teaching

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s449 ap biology

S449 AP Biology

Sharon McCoy

[email protected]

(847)755-3815

Office Hours

7:20 – 9:00 AM

12:00 – 5:00 PM

about me
About Me
  • In my 22nd year of teaching
  • Illinois State University B.S. Biology Education
  • Northern Illinois University M.S. Secondary Education
  • 12 and 10 year old daughters and a 4 year old son
  • Have taught Accelerated Chemistry, Chemistry, Accelerated Biology, Biology
  • Seventh year teaching AP Biology
my approach
My Approach
  • Taught as a freshman level college course
    • Main focus is to prepare students to be successful on the AP Exam in May
  • Lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Individual work
  • Laboratory Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Projects
grading
Grading
  • 50% Labs, Quizzes, Abstracts

Twelve prescribed labs as recommended by the College Board plus other lab activities

Vocabulary quizzes

Abstracts

Book journal

  • 50% Tests

Two to three tests per quarter

Grades posted to district electronic gradebook

other thoughts
Other thoughts…
  • Investigate what type of credit a college or university will give for AP scores
  • Main focus is to prepare for the AP test in May which I hope every student will take
  • Focus and work hard consistently throughout the year
  • AP review guides and the value of an AP course
  • Get organized!
  • Learn time management
  • Develop responsibility
  • Develop good study habits
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