Please bring safety glasses, a calculator, a thumb drive, and your laptop to class.
Monday, July 8
General introduction and curricular details of BIG IDEA 1: Evolution
Tuesday, July 9
||Philosophy and Framework of new AP Biology, using essential knowledge and learning objectives in the four big ideas as they are integrated into the new course of study.
Lab: Hardy-Weinberg revisited
||Lab: An evolutionary analysis through Blast
BIG IDEA 2: Energy and Homeostasis Essential knowledge and learning objectives
Wednesday, July 10
||Labs: Photosynthesis with a new technique
Discussion about inquiry and how it fits the lab
||Labs: Cellular Respiration with new apparatus
Productivity with a conceptual approach
BIG IDEA 3: Information Essential knowledge and learning objectives
Thursday, July 11
||Labs: DNA fingerprinting set-up; building laboratory skills
Mitosis and Meiosis lab overviews and strategies
||Labs: Transformation and DNA electrophoresis
Discussion: use of technology in the AP classroom
BIG IDEA 4: Interaction Friday, July 12
Essential knowledge and learning objectives
||Labs: Data analysis from DNA labs
Enzymes in the new curriculum
||Labs: New Drosophila behavior lab and introduction to spermatogenesis.
- INTEGRATION OF BIG IDEAS 1-4 (E2I2)
- Discussion: Grading the 2013 AP Biology exam
- Discussion: “Less is More” (where are we in the new curriculum?) audit, questions, resources, formulas and calculations in the new curriculum.
- The four big ideas revisited with classroom strategies.
Peggy O’Neill Skinner
Peggy received her BA and MS degrees from the University of Washington. Focusing on molecular biology, she has continued her education with course work many years after earning her degrees.
Peggy taught AP* Biology for forty years at The Bush School in Seattle, Washington. She has led numerous AP* Biology workshops and institutes as a consultant in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has been an AP* Biology exam reader, table leader, and question leader for over 30 years. Peggy has also served on the AP* Biology Test Development Committee. She is the former chair of The College Board’s Science Academic Advisory Committee and The College Board’s Academic Council and just retired as a member of The College Board’s Board of Trustees.
Peggy has been involved in curriculum development and assessment through the AP* Biology CDAC committee that worked on the revision of curriculum for AP Biology. She was a member of the first round of development to steer AP Biology into a conceptual approach tied to laboratory work. She wrote one of the thirteen investigations for the new curriculum and edited and advised the development of the others. She has also worked with other organizations including HHMI, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Bio-Med, The Seattle School District, Pearson Publishing, and Educational Testing Service in curriculum development and assessment.
Peggy has received numerous recognitions as a teacher including the OBTA for Washington State, the Tandy Technology Teaching Award, and the first Siemens Award for Excellence in Advanced Placement Teaching, and has been a visiting scholar at The College Board in New York and was even honored with a Peggy O’Neill Skinner Honorary Day in Seattle. She has published several articles about the process of inquiry and the teaching of science.
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