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1. Learn-Biology.com User’s Guide
Here’s a technical guide about how to get started as a teacher teaching with Learn-Biology.com. Follow the link above for short tutorials about how to:
- Set up your classes,
- Enroll your students,
- Assign quizzes and flashcard decks, and
- Check your students’ scores.
2. Teaching AP Biology with Learn-Biology.com
Are you new to teaching AP Biology? Or are you a veteran trying to add a few new tricks? Then the link above is for you. I’ll be building this section throughout the year, but my goal is to have a unit-by-unit, week-by-week guide to teaching AP Bio while using Learn-Biology.com. For each unit and topic, I’ll include
- Learning objectives
- Teaching tips
- Ideas and links for activities and labs
3. Planning Documents for AP Bio teachers
Looking for a Bird’s-eye view of AP Biology? Use the links below.
- Scope and sequence spreadsheet (gives you an overview of the entire course)
- Condensed 2019 College Board Course outline (a reformatted version of the College Board’s 200 page pdf. Mine is 33 pages).
- An AP Biology Exam Study Outline. This document takes the objectives above. and renders them into a student (and teacher) friendly form. These are the objectives that I share with my students to prepare them for tests and the AP Bio exam.
- Weekly Agendas (my weekly lesson plan and guide)
- Study questions for Campbell Biology in Focus, 2nd Edition. I’m a post-textbook teacher. So are most of the hundreds of teachers using Learn-Biology.com. But feel free to use and adapt these study questions to support your students.
4. An AP Bio Learning Journal
Do you want your students to become deep biological thinkers? The link above will show you how to use journaling to get your students to think biologically (with the added benefit of getting them ready for the AP Bio exam).
5. How to not pay out-of-pocket for your Learn-Biology.com license
Learn-Biology.com is an online, interactive textbook. You don’t buy your students’ textbooks. You shouldn’t have to buy them access to Learn-Biology.com. Here’s a plan to help you to get your school or community to pay for your license.
6. Teaching Thematically: a Quick Guide to the 4 Big Ideas
While the College Board deemphasized these themes in the 2019 course redesign, I still find them useful. The link above provides some resources for bringing thematic thinking into your AP Biology course.
7. Checking for Understanding
8+ ways that, when you’re in the room with your students, you can check to make sure that your students are achieving your learning objectives.
8. Teacher Handouts
Handouts galore. Some of these predate the interactive curriculum that I’ve created here on Learn-Biology.com, but they’re still useful in their own right. Note that if you’re using the interactive tutorials on Learn-Biology.com, some of these handouts might, at this point, be redundant.
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10. Recommended Readings
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