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Student groups select one body system and design a complete area in the theme park, Human Body World. Each area must contain at least one ride, one other attraction, and assorted “theme park” regulars like a restaurant and gift shops. All
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This product has two distinct components. The PDF file, How to Graph Scientific Data, is an activity that takes students step-by-step through the process of making a scientific graph. From determining the best size for each axis to choosing the best
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This activity contains a brief discussion (Temperature vs. Heat) about the differences between the concepts of temperature and heat. The included laboratory procedure (Hot Stuff? Too Cool!) is an open-ended investigation. Student teams use various
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Three PowerPoint Presentations introduce the concept of experimental design by using and critiquing three famous experiments from various times in science history. Each experiment is used to emphasize particular characteristics of both good and bad
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A “Who dun it” Performance Assessment for Chemistry & Other Chemical Displacement Activities contains four separate activities. Each can be used as a stand-alone task. Alternately, “mixing and matching” the activities is also a viable option. In
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The four labs in The Greenhouse Gas Collection provides background and experience on how the concentration of carbon dioxide can impact the temperature of our atmosphere. Lab #1, Taking Global Warming 2-Liter-ally, emphasizes experimental design as
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Two activities and a review/reinforcement “game” are included. Students begin by producing their own Periodic Table Cards (essentially disassembled individual boxes from the PT) for each of the first twenty elements. Using those cards as tools,
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This performance assessment on introductory acid/base chemistry uses a scenario where high school students assist in determining water pollution by acids and bases. Individual students perform pH testing of samples. The student goal is
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Good teaching in general (and the Common Core Standards and NGSS) encourage/require interdisciplinary activities and lessons. Too many secondary teachers are unfamiliar with (could be read as frightened by) the concept and process. This activity
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Good teaching in general (and the Common Core Standards) encourage/require interdisciplinary activities and lessons. Too many secondary teachers are unfamiliar with (could be read as frightened by) the concept and process. This Engagement Explorer
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A Pre-Lab, In-Lab, Post-Lab Procedure for All Science Classes. In this activity you will find a model for a laboratory report template that crosses disciplinary boundaries, causes students to think, and provides accountability for reading the
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A Cooperative, Problem-solving, STEM-infused Activity. This is a group STEM activity that combines, cooperative decisions, research, writing, construction of a functional product, meeting deadlines, and presenting results. The Science is biology and
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The story of Lorel Sochet (an anagram for choLeSterol) provides an introduction to the human circulatory system. Major blood components are also included as anagrams—they perform their actual functions in the analogy. Students have a three-part
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This article for teachers discusses rationale for, construction of, and use of additive rubrics. This type of rubric will assist in your implementation of Common Core types of activities and assessments. Examples are provided. Ruminating on
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A Problem-solving Activity Demonstrating Phylagenic/Evolutionary Relationships Students work alone or in pairs to determine phylagenic/evolutionary relationships in a group of hypothetical organisms: Globularia species. They place their decisions in
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A recording system with descriptors for assessing skills across multiple science disciplines. This is a series of editable tables that quantify common skills in science classes. Teachers can score (and/or students can self-score) students across a
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Learn how to move from common to transformed teaching and learning in your classroom. This book, co-authored by a pair of award winning, nationally recognized teachers: • Focuses on the four C's of Common Core: Collaboration, Critical Thinking,
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Selling Science Concepts: Catalogs provides complete directions for student group production of three different catalogs where they describe invertebrate phyla, or parts of a cell or parts of a plant. Each catalog page must contain a sales pitch,
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In this revision of ISLAND BIOGEOGRAPHY AND EVOLUTION: SOLVING A PHYLOGENETIC PUZZLE USING MOLECULAR GENETICS, an outstanding molecular biology activity using real DNA data, I have modified the original to remove clues students can use to find the
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An eight page explanation of why your students hate science and The #1 Way You Can Change That! The #! Reason Your Students Hate Science (and The #1 Way You Can Change That!) by Dr. Chuck Downing is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 31 years of experience teaching high school biology, AP Biology, and integrated science. I have eight years of experience teaching General Education Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Students in my classes think. I provide guidelines and they do the work they need to do to learn.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

San Diego County Teacher of the Year Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Presidential Award for Science and Mathematics Teaching

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Biological Sciences - San Diego State University MA in Education - University of Redlands Ph.D. in Science Education - Walden University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have six lab/activity products marketed by Science Kit and Wards Biology. I have two lab/activity books (Cranial Creations) published by J. Weson Walch, Publishers. People's Education publishes: AP* Biology: Inquiry-Based Lab Investigations and Activities with Critical Thinking and Writing Skills. My first Science Fiction novel, "Traveler's HOTL," is published by Koehler Books. I am married with two outstanding sons and one adorable granddaughter. I retired from full-time teaching in June of 2012.

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