Courses I Teach:
Honors ICP with ESS
These classes will introduce topics in both chemistry and physics, in addition to earth and space science. Students will develop a strong foundation in the following areas of chemistry and physics: scientific method, metric system, conversions, density, atoms and molecules, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, simple nuclear chemistry, forces and motion, machines, work, energy, power, waves, light and color, sound, electricity, and magnetism. In addition students will gain a strong foundation in the following areas of earth and space science: plate tectonics, deformations of the crust, earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals and rocks and the rock record, earth’s past, groundwater and erosion, the ocean, the atmosphere, the climate, stars and galaxies, the sun, the solar system, and the moon. These areas of chemistry and physics will prepare our students to move on to the higher levels of chemistry and physics in our school and will even prepare those students to move to careers in post-secondary education.
Honors Chemistry is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in science or related fields. With study and hard work students can build a sound preparation for college chemistry or technical writing. A sound working knowledge of algebra and mathematics is required. Text material is explained, examples are given, and sample problems are worked in class. Extensive lab exercises are conducted to improve understanding of important concepts.
The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college-level introductory biology course. The intent of the course is to expose students to higher-level biological principles, concepts, and skills and allow them the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-life applications. Rather than learning from a micro level outward, students learn from a macro level inward. Students are also expected to learn not by memorization of facts, but through content and concept application via the AP Biology science practices.
Core concepts called enduring understandings and their application via the science practices are the basis of the AP Biology curriculum. These concepts are organized around biological principles called big ideas that permeate the entire course and focus on the following topics:
• biological systems using energy to maintain homeostasis for survival
• passing heritable information to provide continuity of life
• the interaction of biological systems with biotic and abiotic factors
In the revised AP Biology course, the teacher serves as the facilitator while the students develop as independent thinkers and learners, especially through laboratory investigations. Many concepts that are considered prerequisite knowledge for the course can be reviewed as home study through the use of rich resources such as assigned websites, WebQuests, and journal articles. In class, students are given opportunities to learn and apply their knowledge through the process of inquiry rather than learning from lectures and/or prescribed lab protocols. A sense of wonder and use of original thought are fostered as students are encouraged to extend their learning via scaffolded conceptual understandings and open inquiry.
The learning process in the AP Biology course should be rich and impactful. When a student completes the course, he or she should be prepared to do well on the AP Exam as well as in the sequent course in a college or university setting.
Forensics is designed for students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The emphasis is on solving problems, using forensic science as the tool. Thought provoking cases and scenarios will require students to take what they learn and apply it to new situations. Students will learn about forensic science by experiencing it firsthand, not just by being told or shown. These skills are paramount for any high school student and will help our students be successful and add value in any post-secondary option.
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body; biochemical composition; and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of the human body. Working from the topics of basic anatomical terminology to the biochemical composition of the human body, all the way into great detail of each of the major systems of the body, students will learn through reading materials, study guides, unit worksheets, group work, projects, and labs. High levels of achievement will be in effect. Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, lab reports, and projects assigned throughout each unit. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college.
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