Notes from NABT 2015

Writing from a hotel room in beautiful Rhode Island, I am here to bring you two things:

  1. Here is a Google Doc with collaborative notes from this year’s NABT conference. A couple notes about it:
    • While some of my notes are there, it really is due to the large collective effort of my peers in the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (next summer, please consider asking new teachers to apply who are currently in, or about to be entering, their first year of teaching) who helped create and contribute to this document. Note-taking styles may be unique but still very well done.
    • It is not exhaustive, we went to sessions that interested us most, if it’s not on there, we didn’t see it and therefore have no notes.
    • I appreciated ANY FEEDBACK about this document and process. I think it could be cool for others to consider using similar notes for NSTA, KABT, KATS, etc.
  2. For a bonus I’ve included an ID Challenge all the way from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Enjoy!

In My Classroom #12: Endosymbiotic Story Books

I can’t get away with not following the rules *cough cough Ising cough* so I’m going to keep it fairly brief (and simple)!

Endosymbiotic Cover Page

My biology class was working on an extremely challenging photosynthesis and cellular respiration test, and when they finish I always have them start on a set of notes for the following unit (cells). My timing was off, and students started getting done faster than I had anticipated. Now, I can’t have students just sit around, right? So, off the top of my head, I told the kids that were done to write a story about the endosymbiotic theory. Well, they became extremely excited, asked if they could include pictures and if we could have ‘story time’ to show them off. Low and behold, this took off and became a full-fledged project, with a rubric to go along with!

Story Segment

“…covalent bond slingshot…”

The students were required to create a storybook to explain the endosymbiotic theory to a 1st – 4th grade audience while including key  vocabulary words (mitochondria, chloroplast, bacteria, endosymbiosis). It was kept simple, allowed for creativity, and produced some very entertaining results! We did, in fact, have story time. This not only held them accountable and encouraged them to be punctual in regards to the deadline, but also exposed them to the meaning of the endosymbiotic theory multiple times in a variety of analogies. We had stories featuring outlaws, Spiderman, romance, and even cannibalism. What more could a biology teacher want?

For my next trick? … Brittany Roper TAG, you’re it!