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Back to School Night

  1. 1. Ms. Burke's Biology Class Welcome Parents! Back to School Night 2010
  2. 2. Goals for the Year: <ul><li>-Students will gain a better understanding of matter, energy, and the organization of life. We will start with the cell, and work up to the ecosystem </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Students will gain a better understanding of diversity & evolution </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Students will complete a unit on genetics </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>*All topics covered come from the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards </li></ul>
  3. 3. Application of 21st Century Skills in the Classroom <ul><li>Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Biology can be taught in context of global awareness </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-ex/ ecological footprint project involving webquest and human impact around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Life and Career Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Encourage group work for major experiments/ </li></ul><ul><li>presentations </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Develop leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Adapt to change (something scientists do often!) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Application of 21st Century Skills in the Classroom continued... <ul><li>Learning Innovation Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, be creative, reason, communicate </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Science has become more inquiry-based </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Use of scientific method </li></ul><ul><li>Information, Media, and Technology Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Media literacy </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-ICT (Information, Communications, and Technology) Literacy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology Integration in the Classroom: <ul><li>-A new scientific article will be posted every week on my teacher website that students will be required to read. </li></ul><ul><li>-Students are expected to create a blog, and comment each week on the scientific article posted. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Use of excel for organizing data, making graphs, and doing calculations and statistical analysis </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Use of powerpoint for presentations </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Students may access my website at any time for class notes and homework reminders! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ecological Footprint Project <ul><li>Purpose: to increase students' awareness of human energy usage around the world and its impact on a global scale </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Students will use the internet to access a website that allows them to calculate their individual ecological footprint. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Students will compare their footprint to countries around the world </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Students will compare their footprints to members of the class on a discussion board </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-What can we do to minimize our footprints? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Grading <ul><li>-Assessment of students in the form of tests, projects, experiments/labs, weekly blog, homework, class participation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank you for your time! <ul><li>Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>email: [email_address] </li></ul>

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