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 branch of science that builds curiosity and fascination about all aspects of life.
“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
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
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
“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.
Interactive simulations and animations
World Web and databases
With experts as guest speakers, on field trips, with fellow students.
Lab Inquiry and collected data
To enable you to relate and apply biology concepts to the world in which you live by…
Students will become proficient at communicating using a variety of media such as;
To refine your investigation skills, problem solving skills and critical thinking skills by…
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!
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”
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)
adapted from www.peelweb.org
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?
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.
End of Week 1: Please respond to the following questions