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Biology

BIOLOGY

Biology is a branch of science that builds curiosity and fascination about all aspects of life.


Biology is a dynamic and ever changing field

Biology is a dynamic and ever changing field.

“Scientists continuously assess and judge the soundness of scientific knowledge claims by testing laws and theories, and modifying them in light of compelling new evidence or a re-conceptualization of existing evidence.”

SCCAO and STAO/APSO, “Position Paper: The Nature of Science” (2006), pp.1-2


Recent developments in biology

Recent developments in biology

Stem cells can now be used to create hollow organs such as a trachea for transplants so that compatibility issues with donors is no longer an issue.

New molecular imaging

machine detects cellular

processes instead of

anatomical changes.

This shows malfunction

of organs before structural

damage has occurred.

Scientists have found that people who live in higher latitudes have bigger brains because they have bigger vision areas to cope with low light.

Nanotechnology allows transistors to slip into cells undetected and sense faint electrical signals inside cells


My goals as a teacher

My goals as a teacher…

  • To create a safe learning environment

  • To create an inclusive classroom environment where students are involved in all aspects of learning (designing, teaching, evaluating)

  • To encourage active and co-operative participation


My goals as a teacher1

My goals as a teacher…

  • To make you a better learner by…

    • Providing you with multiple learning strategies.

    • Encouraging you to think about your own learning (allow time to reflect and re-formulate your existing knowledge, self-assessment).

    • Providing descriptive feedback (teacher and peer) that will guide your effort towards improvement.

    • Engaging you by providing multiple learning opportunities (group, individual, kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and written).


My vision for students in biology

My vision for students in biology…

SCIENTIFIC LITERACY

“A scientifically and technologically literate person is one who can read and understand common media reports about science and technology, critically evaluate the information presented, and confidently engage in discussions and decision-making activities regarding issues that involve science and technology.”

Science Co-ordinators’ and Consultants Association of Ontario (SCCAO) and Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO/APSO), “Position Paper: The Nature of Science” (2006), p. 1

Students in biology classes will gather information from a wide variety of sources and then synthesize and derive meaning from that knowledge to better understand and make informed decisions about problems facing today's world. Only then will they be able to propose highly effective courses of action. Today's students are tomorrows leaders.


Students will use a number of resources to develop their scientific literacy

Students will use a number of resources to develop their scientific literacy.

Interactive simulations and animations

World Web and databases

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

http://www.cbc.ca/science/

Text resources

Discussions

With experts as guest speakers, on field trips, with fellow students.

Lab Inquiry and collected data


My vision for students in biology1

My vision for students in biology…

To enable you to relate and apply biology concepts to the world in which you live by…

  • Inviting guest speakers into the classroom

  • Providing educational field trip opportunities

  • Creating mentor opportunities in biology related fields in the community for students.

  • Challenging you to propose highly effective courses of action and make informed decisions for some of the “issues in biology or society” today.


Science is used to understand and solve challenges faced by society

Science is used to understand and solve challenges faced by society

Climate

Energy

Food

production

Health


Communication

Communication

Students will become proficient at communicating using a variety of media such as;

  • Word processors

  • Spreadsheets

  • Graphing software

  • Video

  • Dialogue

  • PowerPoint presentations


My vision for students in biology2

My vision for students in biology…

To refine your investigation skills, problem solving skills and critical thinking skills by…

  • Using inquiry based lab skills associated with scientific investigation to discover concepts.

  • Providing open ended lab activity opportunities where students will create their own questions and procedures for which results are unknown.


My vision for students in biology3

My vision for students in biology…

To stimulate you to be a lifelong learner in science, to be curious and fascinated by the world around you, and to ask questions and seek answers.

To widen your views and challenge you!


So lets get started

So lets get started…

  • Including you in the decision making process.

    Our first task will be to generate class expectations.

    We will break into small groups. Each group will brainstorm the expectations for the following headings;

    “Characteristics of a Good Student”

    “Characteristics of a Good Teacher”

    “Lab Safety”

    Then we will synthesize and post these in the classroom. A typed version will be available on the course website.

    adapted from www.peelweb.org (F16: Student generated list of good learning behaviours)


Biology

Next…

  • Creating an inclusive co-operative learning environment. We’re going to try an activity called Ice Breakers.

    adapted from www.peelweb.org

    • List 5 events which have had significance/importance in your life. Examples are getting my first cell phone, when my mom and dad separated, etc. You will only be required to reveal some of this list, according to your selection

    • You will now circulate around the class and have one-to-one discussions with each member of the class. You will ask one another “What is one of your events?” and possibly follow with something such as “Why was that really important to you?”

    • Each student will record the name, significant event, and reason for its significance for each student that they talk to.


Follow up reflection

Follow up & reflection

  • What was the purpose of the exercise

  • What did you learn about yourself during this experience?

  • What did you learn about other members of the class?


Activity 2 scientific curiosity literacy biology and society

ACTIVITY 2Scientific curiosity, literacy, biology and society

Your job is to research and learn more about a recent development in any one of the biology disciplines that interests you?

What questions do you have?

  • What disciplines are there in biology?

  • How do you get started?

  • Where can you access information that is relevant and current?

  • How do I know if the source is credible?


Credible resources

Credible resources

  • Refine your search engine beyond google. Examples are googlesource and pubmed. The library databases are also great places to look.

  • Clues about URL’s http://www.vtstutuorials.ac.uk/detective/urlclues.html

  • Snopes at http://www.snopes.com/ can help you determine if a site is credible


Examples of sources to check

Examples of sources to check;

  • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

  • http://www.thestar.com

  • http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/index.html

  • http://www.nytimes.com

  • http://www/pbs.org

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk

  • http://whyfiles.org

  • http://www.sciencenews.org

  • http://www.googlesource.ca

  • Our library databases can be accessed online. Go to the school website, click on library, and then databases. If you need any help please see me or access the library help page.


Follow up

FOLLOW UP

  • Use the provided peer assessment form and obtain feedback from at least two fellow students. Make the necessary corrections and bring a completed final copy in to post on our “Science in the News” bulletin board tomorrow.


Teachers as learners

Teachers As Learners

I welcome constructive feedback.

I will also self reflect so that I can better meet the needs of all learners in my class and to achieve my goals for students in biology.

I will periodically ask for student feedback to help direct my reflection.


Teachers as learners1

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS

End of Week 1: Please respond to the following questions

  • Was I (as a student) on task during independent activities?

  • Were the conversations generated on task?

  • Comment on how the class worked together during group interactions.

  • Was I encouraged to use critical thinking and problem solving?

  • Were opportunities for feedback presented and how effective was I at using the feedback to improve my learning?

  • Were any opportunities provided to make connections about biology to the real world? Did this stimulate curiosity about this subject?

  • What techniques for learning did your teacher employ this week? Which did you like the most? Which didn’t you like? Explain.

  • What is one part of this week that you really liked? What part would you improve upon?


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