Thursday, November 30, 2006

Signs & Symptoms

Admit Slip: How would you define a symptom? Give 5 examples of symptoms?

Objective: Students are able to idenify the role of symptoms in disease as in involuntary response by the body to disease. Examine disease transmission through the "eyes" of a pathogen.

Homework: Using the disease you created go to WebMd, the NIH or CDC websites and research your symptoms. See below for details on how to use WebMd.

Answer these questions about the disease you chose:
1. Give a detailed list of the symptoms of the disease
2. What is the treatment for the disease?
3. What happens if the disease remains untreated?
(Highly infectious microbe Shigella flexneri.)

How to use WebMd
When you go to WebMd, click on the text" DISEASES & CONDITIONS" At the top of the new window will be a box that says "check your symptoms here." Click that and off you go!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Diseases & Symptoms

A Block: Got caught up from yesterday (see post below).

C Block:
Admit Slip: what is a symptom?

Objective: Discuss various symptoms and the body's response to fever, cough, rash etc. Discuss why symptoms (like foaming at the mouth in rabies) can be part of a disease's "plan of attack."

Homework: Using the disease you "created" in class, find a real disease that exhibits similar symptoms.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Welcome to the Winter Term: What's disease?

Admit Slip: Write a paragraph explaining what you think disease is and why disease exists.

Objective: Students will be able to explain disease in their own words and become familiar with seven disease provoking transistions.

Homework: Complete the worksheet for your risk of disease. NOTE: the website has been down lately, so the homework will be postponed.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

the 54321 is here to stay

I am well aware some of you loathe the 54321, but it is here to stay. Looking back over everyone's grades, across all classes, there was a lovely trend...

Students who consistently turned in 54321's and scored a 15/15 recieved higher final grades than their peers who did a poor job or neglected to turn in the assignment. Sure you could argue: the people who turn in assignments will obviously have higher grades than those who do not, and doing the 54321 doesn't help you learn anything. However I'm going to argue that people who do the 54321 are regularly reviewing the material and therefore are able to better study when it's time for a quiz or test. There you have it.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Biology Exams are officially over!

Congrats everyone for making it through exams, most of you did very well (others have some room for improvement). Have a wonderful break and get some rest.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What are we learning when we come back from break?

Between Thanksgiving and winter break, we'll be focusing on the human body and how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis.


Please study!
A block has scheduled a review session for tonight (in our regular classroom) at 7:30. Even if you are not in A block, please feel free to stop by.


Friday, November 10, 2006

Office Hours

Office Hours tomorrow (sat. am) from 10:30-11:30. Please email me if you plan to stop by. Thanks!

The Last Stretch

Well, this is it. The last stretch.

Honors classes are presenting their lessons on: macromolecules, enzymes and osmosis/diffusion, the cell, cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

General Bio is creating a review sheet.

If you're interested in checking out some future teachers, come by Meservey 201 today during A Block. E Block had some great and every energetic presentations this morning.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Test & Photosynthesis

Honors classes took an essay test today.

General Class:
Admit Slip: complete the what I know, what I think I know, what I want to know about photosythesis.

Objective: students will be able to identify the where the products and reactants in photosynthesis come from.

Handouts: photosynthesis poem

Homework for all classes: review cell parts for the quiz tomorrow.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Last Week of Class!

What? It's the last week of class for the fall term already?

Here's the plan for the last week of class in General Bio:

Monday & Tuesday: Photosynthesis
Wednesday: How Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration are related
Thursday: No C block class
Friday & Monday: Review for the final exam.

Here's the plan for the last week of class in Honors Bio:
Monday: Test & Handout guidelines for Teaching Project
Tuesday: Quick Quiz on the cell & Complete the lesson plan template. Turn the template in at the end of class for a grade.
Wednesday/Thursday: Quick Quiz on Macromolecules, Diffusion/Osmosis and Enzymes & make corrections on the lesson plan template. Create a handout for the class on your particular topic.
Friday/Monday: Present lessons.

Friday, November 03, 2006

A quiz and a little of this...a little of that...

Today was basically a catch up / review day for all classes. Here's what each block did:

E Block: Quiz on Cellular Respiration , review section 6.2 notes on photosynthesis and the inter-relatedness of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

C Block: Reviewed the test from Wednesday.

A Block: Quiz on Cellular Respiration. Ms. Goodrich's AP Bio class came and taught cellular respiration.

B Block: Quiz on Cellular Respiration, reviewed for the test on Monday.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

No class today because of the history field trip, but....

As requested by Nick, here are the dates of some up coming quizzes:

Friday: All honors classes will have a quiz on cellular respiration.

Tuesday: All classes (honors and general) will have a quiz on the parts of the cell.

Wednesday or Thursday: All classes (honors and general) will have a quiz on enzymes, macromolecules and osmosis/diffusion.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

General Bio Test & Photosynthesis review

General Bio has a test today.

Honors bio is doing a review of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.