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  • In this inquiry-based unit, the students will learn that conserving and protecting our water supply is crucial after they research the biodiversity of a specific ecosystem and discover that water is necessary for biodiversity and biodiversity is necessary for the health of the planet.

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  • This learning activity was done as part of a Biology in Fiji program. Forty high school students from Ontario travelled to Fiji to complete the SBI3U course. While in this case the blogging activity spanned the entire course as a major form of assessment, I have also done it as a smaller...

  • Building an Electric Car in SNC1P

    The Focus on Inquiry:

    This guided inquiry...

  • This activity was a problem-based learning project where students choose cases for context, determined the problem, researched and then shared or presented their learning to the class. 

    Their projects included:

    • sharing their learning about specific cell...
  • My journey in creating and developing a STEAM classroom started in 2012.  The video posted was filmed at STAO2012.  The demonstration was a simple task where we build a grape masher and have STAO participants try out the device, ask questions, and develop an activity they can bring...

  • •Like many teachers, I feel I have mastered differentiated instruction, but am still evolving when it comes to differentiated assessment.   Combine that with the challenge of motivating students to fully engage with formative assessment tasks; all while building the growth...
  • This classroom catalyst focuses on a proven approach that increase learning. With reference to a grade 12 biology laboratory investigation, the author emphasizes how technology, critical thinking, and collaboration...

  • Students will design, perform, and document their own experiment examining the effect(s) of a plant growth regulator (PGR). All students are expected to have a basic understanding of a variety of PGRs based on an introductory worksheet. Students are then divided into groups of 2 – 4 to do...