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Advanced Placement Biology
My name is Debra DeYoung, I have been teaching in the Rochester Public School system since 1991.  I taught Life Science at John Adams for 7 years and have been at Mayo High School teaching Biology Honors and AP Biology since.

e-mail contact: dedeyoung@rochester.k12.mn.us

First Semester schedule
period 1 Biology honors
Period 2 Biology honors
period 3
Period 4 AP Biology
Period 5 Biology honors
Period 6 Lunch
Period 7 Biology honors
Period 8


 The AP Biology course, I teach, is the equivalent of a one-year college or university course in biology, taught within the parameters of high school. Students explore the question, How do we know what we know? By investigating six topic areas: the chemistry of life, cells, cell processes (energy and cell communication), genetics, evolution, and biodiversity and ecology. Integrated into the six topic areas are big ideas, enduring understandings, and learning objectives from the AP Biology Curriculum Framework that merge concepts with science practices at the molecular, cellular, organism, population, and ecosystem levels. The course merges rigor with creativity and offers students myriad opportunities for learning through scientific inquiry, development of laboratory skills, and assessment. Rather than simply presenting information Formative assessments will be used to guide instruction and work with students, instilling in them a sense of pride and ownership in what they learn. Knowledge attained in the classroom is applied to real-world issues, including the impact of biotechnology on society and global ecological concerns. The instructional strategies both introduce concepts and connect and apply previously studied material. They include lectures, laboratory investigations, class discussions, videos and online media, journal readings, and other projects and activities designed to encourage students to think critically and develop written and verbal communication skills. The curriculum accommodates different learning styles, knowledge bases, and abilities, while providing depth of content and opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of science practices along with conceptual understandings of course topics.
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