Teachers' Domain, Teaching High School Biology, published August 24, 2010, retrieved on ,
Teaching High School Biology is a graduate-level professional development course. It is designed to enhance your understanding of inquiry-based approaches to teaching standards-based biological science at the high school level. In eight sessions, you will investigate biology topics, such as genetics, evolution and cell biology. Suggested teaching methodologies use a wide range of online resources, including video segments, interactive activities and readings. The course provides an opportunity to explore novel learning environments and pedagogy applications that foster student interest, involve students in the research process, advance critical thinking/problem-solving skills, and develop conceptual understanding of biological topics.
Eight sessions cover key content and methodologies for teaching biology in the high school classroom.
Session 1: Processes of Science
Participants identify processes common to all scientific investigations, and explore how using similar approaches in the classroom can foster habits of mind students need to understand how science works and how to conduct their own scientific research.
Session 2: Inquiry-Based Learning
Participants explore the benefits of an inquiry-based approach to teaching biology. They learn to assess levels of inquiry in various classroom activities, including their own, and then develop and practice strategies for increasing active learning.
Session 3: Teaching Genetics
Participants identify challenging genetics topics and use a combination of content knowledge and sound teaching strategies to develop effective teaching approaches for these topics.
Session 4: Teaching Applied Genetics
Participants assess their knowledge of applied genetics, explore how preconceptions affect learning, and identify a set of resources and a strategy for using them to deepen student understanding of this topic.
Session 5: Teaching Evidence for Evolution
Participants explore the role of evidence in scientific investigation and science education. They piece together evidence scientists use to explain evolution and identify evidence they can gather to assess student understanding.
Session 6: Teaching Processes of Evolution
Participants explore how they can use questioning to inspire inquiry, assess student understanding, and teach students to generate their own questions about the processes that drive evolution.
Session 7: Lesson Design
Participants identify the common components of effective lessons and use the approach called "backward design" to plan an activity on cell biology. They also begin work on a final curriculum design project.
Session 8: An Environment for Learning
Participants explore the role that classroom environment plays in learning. They identify strategies for developing a supportive learning environment and apply these strategies to topics in ecology as well as to their own lesson design.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.