This guide is a digital resource meant to be used by students as they are introduced to DP Biology for the first time. It approaches the material in a fun way, offering analogies and really looking at the bigger picture while focusing less on the details. It is meant to lay a strong foundation for all subsequent learning in any Biology course.
It covers many of the larger understandings in Biology while also working through all of the DP Biology understandings for Chapter 1 (1.1-1.6).
It is a unique resource which will help your students to enjoy the material while coming to big-picture understandings.
Please read the following excerpt from my introduction to the resource for more on the philosophy behind it.
This guide is based on the premise that understanding and knowing are two different things. Understanding is flexible and knowing is ridged. Understanding leads to more learning and knowing stops it. In order to understand something, you have to build a tree in your mind.
The trunk is like your core understanding of the material. It starts off weak and rather flimsy, a strong breeze could blow it right over and have you questioning your very existence. When your tree is a baby it can only support a few branches and even fewer leaves. Branches are like the different concepts you come to understand based on your understanding trunk. We will call these conceptual branches. The leaves are like facts. Without a trunk to hold the branches and the branches to hold the leaves, they are easily blown away.
Not only are these leaves easily blown out of our heads but they are also easily misplaced as the connections between them are either entirely missing or incomplete.
This guide is about building trunks and branches; so many trunks and branches that your mind becomes a forest. What this book is not about is collecting leaves. The leaves distract us with there big words and assumed importance.
This book is not about leaves. But leaves are still important (according to Universities and Test Makers and Test Writers and Jeopardy show hosts) so until these things change, we cannot fully ignore them. This book is designed for you to build your tree but not to furnish it with leaves. It should be used in conjunction with one of these condensed leafy sources called a study guide.
The aim of this guide is to show you that you can build a solid tree of understanding in any subject, and by doing so, hopefully find more passion and joy in your life.
This guide set out to answer the question; “Why do textbooks need to be so boring?” I am not sure if it has fully answered this question, but I am hoping that it is a welcomed alternative.
So let’s build a forest, one tree at a time.