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H Herald February Issue

  1. 1. . . . Ms. Hughley's Herald At right: Students begin studying Genetics in March followed by Evolution. Using the City as a Classroom February 2006 Volume 1, Issue 2 By A.M. Hughley The National Academies of Inside this Issue Science Students in the M/R 2nd period 1 Using the City as a class were afforded two rare Classroom opportunities to use DC as their classroom. On Monday, February 1 opportunity to speak with Senator Bringing Realistic 13 they attended a program and Scenarios into the William Frist, MD, the Majority luncheon at the Students in the M/R Classroom Leader of the Senate. Students 2nd period class were afforded two 2 Technology in the asked questions regarding the rare opportunities to use DC as their Classroom Update classroom. On Monday, February Senator’s own secondary education, 13 they attended a program and his impetus to change careers from 2 What’s Next luncheon at the National Academies medicine to politics, and legislation of Science inducting Alexa regarding stem cell research. Since Canaday, MD and Arlie Petters, 2 Tips and Tricks the President is a member of the Ph.D. into the Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Bringing Realistic Engineering, and Medicine. The 3 Tutorial Sessions Proving program featured an inspiring Helpful for Students Scenarios into the keynote address by Academy member Lawrence Bobo, Ph.D from Classroom Stanford University on Diverse Pools of Talent and the Mission of By A.M. Hughley Science. High school students in attendance were recognized and Problem-based Learning (PBL) dined with new inductees and existing Academy members where This is an instructional method they had the opportunity to ask the that challenges students to “learn to scientists about their education, learn,” by working cooperatively in experiences, and interest while still groups to seek solutions to real sci7teach04@earthlink.net young students in school. world problems. These problems School Without Walls SHS are used to engage students’ 2130 G Street, NW Capitol Hill curiosity and initiate learning the Washington, DC subject matter. PBL prepares Later that week, this class traveled students to think critically and to Capitol Hill where they had the analytically, and to find and use .......................
  2. 2. February 2006 . City as a Classroom… Technology in the . (Continued from Page 1) What’s Next in Biology? Classroom Update political party in the majority By A.M. Hughley communicated a concern for the STANDARDS: C1. The cell; C5. public education of American Matter, energy, and organization in The presence of computers and students in science and mathematics living systems. audio-visual materials continue during his State of the Union enhancing learning experiences for ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is a address, the follow-up for this visit students. The mobile lab of 25 G4 cell and how does it function? includes individual thank-you letters iBook computers has been fully loaded How does the cell transform from students expressing one or two energy? with multiple software programs. The issues they deem most significant to most commonly used applications their generation. On the horizon are During the month of February, students among the students so far have been the field trips to the Koshland Science continued their study of cell function in interactive pdf version of the Biology Museum at 6th and E Streets, NW Chapter 9 of the textbook, Energy in a textbook, “Biology, The Dynamics of and NIH Institute of Human Cell. Life and the companion interactive CD- Genetics. The Anatomy and Specifically focusing on the topics: ROM that includes virtual labs Physiology Class will enjoy a guest activities. Many students also find it lecture in Rheumatology from The Need for Energy helpful to type class notes on the laptops Robert Bunning, MD Associate ATP-ADP Cycle and then save them to their memory Photosynthesis: Medical Director of the National Trapping the Sun’s Energy keys. I ask all parents to encourage Rehabilitation Hospital. Getting Energy to Make ATP their children to print out these notes Cell Respiration and place them in their biology Realistic Scenarios . . . Cell Fermentation notebooks so they can be studied later. This unit will be followed by the Genetics (Continued from Page 1) Parents I would greatly appreciate it if Unit that begins with 10.2 in the text, you would reiterate this message on my appropriate learning resources. Meiosis and then followed by Chapters behalf. 11,10.1,12 and 13. For those of you who have attended professional or business Tips and Tricks ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is a school, you know that problem or This month I want to introduce cell and how does it function? How case-based learning is nothing new. another tool educators are does the nucleus direct the As is often the case however, activities of the cell? encouraged to employ when successful educational techniques teaching reading across the Specifically focusing on the topics: tend to be introduced earlier and curriculum: SQ3R. This acronym earlier in a student’s curriculum. reminds students to combine the Meiosis Today, more and more undergraduate techniques of Survey, Question, DNA: The Molecule of Heredity instructors are finding the From DNA to Protein Read Actively, Recite, and Review. Genetic Changes implementation of cases beneficial to As students sit down to read a new student learning. As a result, since chapter, they should (1) flip through School Without Walls is a college Anatomy & Physiology it first to survey what topics will be preparatory school, I felt that my discussed making note of objectives students could also benefit from this and chapter headings and STANDARDS: C5. Matter, energy, modality for learning. subheadings, (2) they should seek to and organization in living systems. answer the question “What is this Cases Studied During the month of February, students chapter all about?”, (3) actively continued their study of the reading the chapter is the next step The Biology classes the case, Little musculoskeletal system and began and can be accomplished by taking Mito: The Story of Where He Came focusing on the neuromuscular junction in notes while reading, (4) reciting From provided an amusing particular. They are currently covering specific sections out loud such as introduction to eukaryotic cells and Chapter in the text. cell structure. The video and (Continued on next page) animated clips that accompanied the 2 ........................
  3. 3. MS. HUGHLEY’S HERALD NEWSLETTER Realistic Scenarios . . . Tips and Tricks questions can further the integration of new material into students’ (Continued from Page 2) material written in the Inside Story memories. section, or captions describing Multi-Step Process (provided scientific drawings can be by NIH National ) helped to simplify particularly helpful, (5) finally, a conceptually the etiology of review of notes taken, chapter several types of cancer. These objectives and section check classes will soon use The Case of the Dividing Cell to compare and contrast mitotic and meiotic Tutorial Sessions Proving Helpful to Students cell division and Desiree’s Baby is on the horizon. The The numbers of students attending Thursday afternoon tutorial sessions has Anatomy and Physiology increased steadily since the beginning of January. Many students find the straight students have studied skin and forward lecture style more accessible than the Socratic Method used during regular thermoregulation in the case classes. Generally we begin with a series of questions that students should be able Lost in the Desert. They to answer from memory (although they usually seek assistance from the book.) focused on the skeletal system Students put answers on the board. I then discuss the related concepts in as much in the case Osteoporesis: detail as possible for the following hour correcting any erroneous answers as I go Marissa, Jeremy, and Elanor and are currently learning about along. Remember Biology Tutorials are Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm. the neuromuscular junction in the case The Tired Swimmer. 3 ........... An update on the happenings in the classroom.
  4. 4. February 2006 School Without Walls BULK RATE 2130 G Street, NW US POSTAGE Washington, DC 20037 PAID CITY, STATE PERMIT NO. 000 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED 4 ........................

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