Courses I will be teaching in 2018-2019Foundations of Biology I:
Foundations of Biology I is the first course in a two course sequence developed to help students prepare for the Biology Keystone Exam. Foundations of Biology I will focus on the Keystone assessment anchors found in module B-Continuity and Unity of Life. Basic biological principles, ecological concepts, and the theory of evolution will be the focal points of the course. All course content is aligned with the Assessment Anchors for the Biology Keystone Exam. The Assessment Anchors for the Keystone Exam are defined by the Eligible Content statements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A significant laboratory component will be incorporated into the course to support the major concepts covered in class.Biology II Honors:
Biology II Honors is a senior level elective class designed to provide students with a curriculum equivalent to an introductory level college biology course. The curriculum will focus on the following topic areas: the chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, and ecology. A significant laboratory component is integrated with each topic area. Students will be required to analyze, interpret, and communicate an understanding of the theories and principles of biology. The intent of the class is to challenge students who plan to pursue a career in the biological sciences or other related scientific fields.AP Biology:AP Biology is a college-level course for highly motivated students who plan to further their education in a scientific field. The course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course. The class will meet for 42 minutes every day with an additional 42 minute double period given every other day. The goal of the course is to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. The framework of the course is designed around four Big Ideas establish by the College Board. The Big Ideas include: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life; Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis; Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes; and Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. The course is also structured around inquiry in the lab and the use of the seven science practices. Due to the volume and complexity of the material covered in this class, students will be encouraged to develop personal techniques for self-learning. I will attempt to foster this development by stressing the importance of reading for comprehension and proper study skills.Freshwater EcologyFreshwater Ecology is a course that involves studying the dynamics of freshwater ecosystems. Our study includes the ecology of ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers. The chemistry and unique properties of water along with the flow of energy and the recycling of nutrients are focal points of the course. Students will learn how to use a topographic map in order to determine the boundaries of a watershed and they will study the impact of human activities upon the ecological health of the waterways within a watershed. The course culminates with a detailed study of the water quality, flora, and fauna of Fishing Creek and the Susquehanna River in Bloomsburg. This course is only for students who have completed biology, chemistry, and physics/physical science.