TO THE KIM FOGLIA SERVICE AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEE
This  page does NOT have a direct link on my webpage for the general public. It is used by me to keep track of teachers using my webpage links, e-mails FROM teachers and things I have sent to others who have asked for help.  

EMAILS FROM TEACHERS Teachers with links to my site
WEBSTATSDOMAIN Teachers who have downloaded stuff without giving credit


AP BIO TEACHERS WITH LINKS TO MY SITE

https://biologybythemathmom.blogspot.com/2017/10/monomer-to-polymer-game.html

Biology Junction  https://www.biologyjunction.com/welcome_to_ap_biology.htm
Worksheets -Kelly  https://www.biologyjunction.com/ap_worksheets.htm

Robin Heyden-APBIO Teacher resources
    http://apbiologywebresources.wikispaces.com/Teacher+Resources

Mrs. Harris
https://sites.google.com/a/yorktown.org/mharriswebpage/reading-quiz

https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/apteachingresources
   Kelly Riedell HOME and AP Teacher help links

MrCastiglione Symbaloo

tshawler AP Biology Resources

Studylib  https://studylib.net/doc/9745647/water-lab---local.brookings.k12.sd.us

Course Hero  Water Lab

Cheryl Massengale AP BIO
http://biologyjunction.com/ap_websites.htm
http://www.biologyjunction.com/foglia_poerpoints.htm#WORKSHEETS_and_HANDOUTS

http://www.biologyjunction.com/welcome_to_ap_biology.htm
http://www.biologyjunction.com/ap_worksheets.htm

Groch Biology
http://www.grochbiology.org/cells_facebook_project.doc

MrBurkettScience- dissection manual

Biology by Math Mom  http://biologybythemathmom.blogspot.com/2017/10/monomer-to-polymer-game.html

 Margaret Siegrist-Scarsdale High School
https://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/Page/25985

Daniel Volkening- Schurz High School
https://www.schurzhs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=22844&type=u&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=130307

Tom Freeman-Esperanza High School
https://www.esperanzahs.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=107164&type=u&pREC_ID=links&hideMenu=&id=&linkLabel=&sREC_ID=u107164&start=10&termREC_ID=

Dr. Slayton- Links to other AP teachers
https://sites.google.com/a/eths202.org/biology-2016-2017/ap-biology-resources#example0d

Jenni Wilkening- AP BIO review link
http://jenniwilkening.weebly.com/ap-review-material.html

 Walker High School - AP audit syllabus
AUDIT-Teacher Resources
http://www.jasper.k12.al.us/userfiles/9/AP%20Biology.pdf

AP Biology Course Syllabus-Angela Keathley
AUDIT-Teacher Resources
http://www.tornadotouch.net/ourpages/auto/2015/8/4/33054788/AP%20Biology%20Course%20Syllabus.docx

Jasper Schools
http://www.jasper.k12.al.us/userfiles/9/AP%20Biology.pdf

Katie Rizzo - Online Resources to Bookmark
https://katierizzo.weebly.com/home-page/category/all

Mrs. Klemme
https://sites.google.com/a/isg.edu.sa/ms-klemme-s-biology-page/

Christina Manthey weebly 
Powerpoints & Notes- What to Knows

Mrs. Putrino
APBIO Exam review links

Mr. Muth (Kelly Riedell exam review link)
http://teachers.d11.org/teachers/muthcj/Pages/home.aspx

AP BIO RESOURCES- tshawler
http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=892708

Biology by the Math Mom- Polymers game
http://biologybythemathmom.blogspot.com/2017/10/monomer-to-polymer-game.html

Dr. P's
Biology teacher Resources- Additional Links

Course Hero
https://www.coursehero.com/file/p3poeq2/more-less-38-The-pH-for-Pop-39-What-is-the-concentration-of-H-ions-in-pop-40/

https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=892708

https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/apteachingresources

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/573505333774739705/?lp=true

https://www.pinterest.de/pin/520025088205960669/

https://chiegensajunk.fr.gd/kelly-riedell-ap-biology.htm

https://vdocuments.site/fish-body-part-review-by-kelly-riedell-brookings-high-school-brookings-sd-httpkr021k12sduszoologyfish20webhtm.html

https://studylib.net/doc/9745647/water-lab---local.brookings.k12.sd.us

https://allbookserve.org/downloads/biology_review_dna_and_protein_synthesis_answers.pdf

Mary Weurth
http://tamapbiology.weebly.com/
http://tamapbiology.weebly.com/uploads/2/4/8/7/24871903/tips_for_2020_ap_bio_exam_edited_version.pdf

BIO/ZOOLOGY TEACHERS WITH LINKS TO SITE

Cheryl Massengale-Biology Junction
http://www.biologyjunction.com/biology%20I%20page.htm
http://biologyjunction.com/biology%20I%20page.htm

Evans Science
https://evansscience.weebly.com/biology.html

Karen McDonough- Batavia
http://my.bataviaschools.org/oldsite/bataviaschools.org/olc/class.aspx@id=6090&s=495.html

Evanston Township High School
https://sites.google.com/a/eths202.org/biology-2016-2017/ap-biology-resources

Dr. P's
Biology teacher Resources

Dr. Vite's  (Photosynthesis/Respiration)
Honors Biology

 

TEACHERS WHO HAVE DOWNLOADED STUFF WITHOUT CREDIT

 

Mr. Giacobbe's Biology- South Pointe High School
http://www.nakedscience.org/mrg/Biology%20II%20-%20Classification%20&%20Taxonomy%20Review_files/frame.htm


Dr. P's Biology (Annette Parrot)
http://www.africangreyparrott.com/punnettpractice1.doc

http://www.africangreyparrot.com/punnettpractice2.doc
http://www.africangreyparrot.com/punnettpractice3.doc

 http://www.africangreyparrott.com/ReebopGenetics.doc

EMAILS FROM TEACHERS (In alphabetical order)


Lena Abdabbah   abdrabl@dearbornschools.org
6/15/17

Hello,
I stumbled across your website. It was very useful thank you! This will be my first year in the fall teaching AP Biology. I will be taking the summer training. I'm not sure if you can help but I'm having a hard time withe the pacing guide and wondering how long everything should take me to cover. I don't want to go too slow or too fast. Any advice? Thanks!
Lena

​6/16/17
Hi Lena,
I am in Kansas City reading AP Bio essay questions so I didn't answer right away.
Good that you are going to a summer workshop.
Hard to say about the pacing guide. Everyone's schedule is different (some people have double periods, some on block, etc). I have students 1 class  a day all year long.  
Just know that it is impossible to cover everything in the Course Description book.
You can kind of see what I cover on my website. I am always changing  things and updating, but you can see the general topics there. 

If you have any more specific questions, I will be glad to try and help.
Good luck. 

7/19/17
Hi Kelly,
I'm working on the first few weeks of school. Can you give me some insight as to how you conduct your first week of school in AP Bio? I was hoping to do an inquiry lab. Any ideas? thanks!
Lena


7/19/17
The first lab I do is the "Termite pen" lab.
First they watch Bozeman CER video (claim, evidence, reasoning).
They have to do "mini experiments" to try and figure out why termites follow a pen line and write CER statements as they discover things.

I am working on updating this page but here is my last year's 1st unit.
 https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/chemistryoflife.htm
~Kelly

8/2/17
Hi Kelly,
Where do you order the termites from? Carolina or Wards? How do you ensure students don't lose them so they don't go crawling around the school!
Also, do you give lectures? I'm trying to figure out what my teaching style should be for AP Biology. Typically, I lecture in my regular biology class once a week. How do you ensure students are grasping the knowledge? Thanks!
Lena

8/2/17
Hi Lena
I order Worker Termites (pack of 100) from Carolina # 143 736 ($45)
The kids work in pairs and only have a couple termites out on their table at once so they don't lose track of them.
~Kelly


8/4/17
Thanks for your help Kelly. What resources do you use for your class activities? Do you recommend POGIL?
Lena

8/4/17
I do use some POGILs. I like the one on cell signaling.
Other activities are ones I have made or "borrowed".
You can check my website for links. 
Everything I do is linked to my webpage or to the teacher link page.
~Kelly

8/11/17
Hi Kelly,
how much time before the AP test do you stop teaching content and start reviewing? How do you review? Or do you just teach content until the end?
Thanks!

Lena,
Depends how far behind I get. I try to stop teaching content and just review 2 weeks before exam.

Here are some links.
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/examprep3.html
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/teacherhelp/ExamReview.htm
Kelly



10/1/17
Hi Kelly,
I noticed on your website you have a great activity for biomolecule modeling using kim foglia's cut outs. Can you explalin how you execute this please and what the students are doing. 
Do you have them understand functional groups before this activity and categorize them? 
Thanks!
Lena

10/1/17
Hi Lena,
Prior to building molecules they watch videos that I made talking through a modified Powerpoint slideshow I borrowed from Kim Foglia. Links to these are on my webpage.

I downsized the cutouts from Kim Foglia so they fit into their BILL (Bio Interactive Learning Log)
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/2015BILL/chemistryoflife/2016%20BILL%20moleculecutouts.pdf
Info on BILL's on Lee Ferguson's webpage.
https://www.thebiologyspace.com/interactive-notebooks

 

Then  they build a polypeptide chain and paste it into their BILL and answer the ?'s. I show the Modeling Biomolecules slide show and go through slides and talk about info as they build.

 

https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/chemistry%20of%20life/2018MODELING%20BIOMOLECULES.pptx

They look at a chart of the 20 amino acids used to build proteins and identify aa's that are phobic/philic; polar/non-polar/charged etc. 

https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/2015BILL/chemistryoflife/2016BILLproteinsholtzclawmod.doc

Then we do the functional group activity. Links here.
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/chemistry%20of%20life/APBIOdesktop%20functional%20groups%20QR.docx

Print these on cardstock and separate by cutting down middle of QR codes.  When students make correct matches they can scan the QR code to check if they are right. 

Then they fill in this organizer
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/chemistry%20of%20life/APBIOdesktop%20functional%20groups%20QR%20blank.docx

Then they do the second part of the protein modeling slideshow and used toobers to build the next protein levels and answer ?'s in their BILL.

Hope this helps
~Kelly

10/2/17
Thank you for the clarification! Would they need to know the functional groups for the AP exam? What is the purpose in spending time learning about the functional groups from your experience? 
Also, can you please send me the building molecules video you were referring to. I tried to click on it from your website it wasn't working. Thanks so much.
Lena

10/2/17
Hi Lena,
Don't think there will be a specific question about functional groups but I think knowing them will help answer other questions. It doesn't take that long to teach them.
Example: 2017 #6 This was just an FRQ question on last year's AP Exam.  They needed to know that DNA has phosphates which makes it negatively charged so it will move toward an opposite charge in an electric field.

This is the modified Kim Foglia slide show.
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/chemistry%20of%20life/ch5macromolme.ppt
The videos are just me talking through the slide show.
They work better on Internet Explorer. Sometimes Chrome doesn't work.

mms://media.k12.sd.us/kr021/APBIO_carbs_20120913.wmv

 

6/22/11
Jason Abercrombie    
jason.abercrombie@knoxschools.org

Great, Thanks again. I really appreciate it. Your website is awesome, by the way. Thanks for making that all available.
Jason

 Adams, Sandra    sandra.adams@woodford.kyschools.us

1/23/12
Thank you so much for your wonderful activities!!!!  I totally give you the credit but have used you acting out replication, transcription and translation and today will be doing the natural selection lab.  My only questions is which data sheet do you use?  There is one that is set up like a table and the other just goes down the page with asterisks separating the sections. 

Sandra Adams

AP Chemistry and Biology Teacher

Woodford County High School

Isabelle Joyce Agapito isajoy93@yahoo.com

4/17/10
Ms. Riedell,
I am trying to prepare for my biology final exam and AP test. I saw your phlogeny project online and I really liked the layout of the project. I attempted to fill out the project on my own time to help me prepare, but I am having trouble finding some information. I was wondering if you could send me some sites for further research or an example of a completed project. Any help you can provide for me will be greatly appreciated.
Thank
you
Isabelle Agapito

Alastair Aitken  aitken_alastair@ausd.us
5/
26/14
Kelly,
I found you sea star dissection powerpoint online and was impressed with the details. I am teaching a marine biology class this summer and I wonder if you would let me use your presentation?
Thank you,
Alastair Aitken


11/15/14
Amber Akhtar
Hi! 
My name is Amber, I'm a first year biology teacher. I am trying to complete the egg osmosis lab you posted online. http://local.brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/teacherlinks/eggosmosis.htm
I love your teaching material! Eventually, I would like my classroom to be centered around engaging experiments such as this one. I don't have enough time class to complete this entire experiment, but I would like to do the lab ahead of time and have students analyze my data. Do you have an answer key for the worksheet posted on the website? 

Thank you,
Amber 




Jeanette Alexander jalexander@robinson.k12.tx.us
1/11/11
I just wanted to tell you that I came across your notes for the Campbell/Reece AP bio textbook, and I think they are absolutely wonderful! I am a first year AP bio teacher (even though I have been teaching 22 years!) and your notes are some of the most concise, easy to understand that I have come across. I hope you do not mind if I use them with my AP class. I am not posting them to any website or blog, just printing them out to give to my students if it is ok with you.
Thank you,
Jeanette Alexander, Robinson High School
Science Dept. Chair
Pre-AP/AP Biology

Emily Allsop [eallsop@knobnoster.k12.mo.us

My name is Emily Allsop and I teach Biology at Knob Noster High School in Missouri. This is my first year of teaching, and I was told by my fellow teachers that your HS biology website had excellent resources for the students (and teachers). I tried to log onto your site but got an error message. I was wondering if the website is no longer available to those outside of your school or if there is a way outsiders can log in?

Thanks very much for you time and assistance.

Sincerely,
Emily Allsop
Knob Noster High School

10/16/13
Kimberley   Alston      kalston@atlanta.k12.ga.us

Hi Kelly,
I am a HS science instructor in Atlanta, GA, and on Friday, 10/11, I was given a schedule change and now have to teach Biology as of yesterday. I have never taught Biology before and haven't been in a Gen. Bio. Class since 1994.
Another science teacher suggested I use your website, but when I clicked on the Biology link, it required a login and password. Do you allow teachers to access your materials on your site? If so, how might I gain access to it?
I did click on your link, "Help for Teachers," but I was wondering if there were any additional materials (PPTs, Notes, Worksheets, Activities, etc.) that I might access.  Any assistance that you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much in advance for your help!  Have a great one!
Kimberley Alston
Science Instructor
Carver Early College HS
Atlanta, GA


11/11/9
Lisa Amat

Hello Mrs. Riedell,

I came across your wonderful internet resources that you have developed for your zoology class and was able to utilize some of your information for the mollusk chapter in my marine biology class.  I do have a question for you though because I  love using Jeopardy as a review game.  I have never seen anyone create a powerpoint jeopardy like you did and thought it was great.  Do you have any tips on creating jeopardy powerpoints for other topics?

Lisa Amat

Middle/High School Science Teacher

Foundation Academy



Kimberley Alston  kalston@atlanta.k12.ga.us

10/16/13
Hi Kelly,
I am a HS science instructor in Atlanta, GA, and on Friday, 10/11, I was given a schedule change and now have to teach Biology as of yesterday. I have never taught Biology before and haven't been in a Gen. Bio. Class since 1994.
Another science teacher suggested I use your website, but when I clicked on the Biology link, it required a login and password. Do you allow teachers to access your materials on your site? If so, how might I gain access to it?
I did click on your link, "Help for Teachers," but I was wondering if there were any additional materials (PPTs, Notes, Worksheets, Activities, etc.) that I might access. Any assistance that you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much in advance for your help! Have a great one!

Kimberley Alston
Science Instructor
Carver Early College HS
Atlanta, GA

 

10/18/13
Kelly,
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
You don't have to worry about me posting a thing; I'm a little technically challenged when it comes to stuff like that. :-)

Have a great one!

Kimberley

Holly Amerman    hamerman@rcs.rome.ga.us

http://myschooldesk.net/rcs/
Rome High School
Rome, GA 30161
7/25/12
Hello- I am a new AP Biology teacher and found your VERY helpful webpage- thank you, thank you, thank you! I went to a summer institute but it was sadly not very helpful :-(. Anyway, we start back to school next Wednesday and I have been working really hard to get my first few units together and am finally at the test planning stage. On your website you noted that there are MC questions out there and to e-mail you for them, so if there is any way that you could send me any practice test questions that you have, that would be awesome (I have all of the FRQ). Also, if you have any suggestions for sources for the new math grid-in response questions and the short free response, that would be great too! I am a very open to anything kind of teacher (I am trying out flipping the classroom this year too after a few units of doing it last year) so any suggestions/advice, etc. would be great. Again, thank you for the website- it has been so helpful as the last AP Bio teacher at my school moved out of state and most of what she did leave behind is very outdated (pre 2001 lab stuff).

7/26/12
Thank you so much! I will look at all of those resources, hopefully someday I will have something to contribute in return! Good luck with flipping, I went to the national conference in Chicago this summer and have decided to mostly just use the Bozeman and Khan vidoeos for now, but try to start making my own at one per unit. I am so excited about using this method in AP Bio and really helps me to get through this "reduced" (ha,ha) curriculum!


Krissa Arend  ksarend@mail.clay.k12.fl.us
Middleburg High School

Greetings from frigid Florida!

 I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled into your fantastic website over Christmas break – I think you have done a super job with this!
Now that I am back in the classroom, I seem to be having difficulty with some of the links – example: “CH 12 vocab” – which will not open.  This is the message I see instead:
Your connection has been interrupted for one of the following reasons: This did not happen when I first visited your website. 
I look forward to your reply,
Krissa Arend

Ruth.Baker Ruth.Baker@sidneycityschools.org

8/18/13
Hi,
I just wanted to email you and thank you for all of your help. When I graduated from college in 2011 I landed a teaching job with four preps including AP Biology (for which i was the only teacher of that course). I would have never made it without your website in which i found great advice, and access to so many valuable materials. Thanks to your assignment calendar I was able to pace my class/keep them on track and in May most of my students scored a 3 or higher.
Last year I took a job at a different high school that did not have AP Bio. This year, I was asked to teach AP and I am happy to have 2 sections. I am working hard to understand all the curriculum changes but without another AP teacher in my building it really makes it hard to feel on top of things and collaborate. I am just so thankful for all the information you share and have been trying to pace my class like yours -of course always giving credit to you and other authors where its due.
Thank you so much for helping me survive these first couple years of my career you're work really inspires me as a teacher and has helped me bring more enriching learning opportunities to my students. Thank you for being such a wonderful educator and mentor.
Good luck with the upcoming school year!
Sincerely,
Ruthie Baker

Monica Bankston
mshoemake@laurelschool.org

12/6/13
Hey Kelly Riedell,


My name is Monica Bankston and I am a teacher in Laurel, MS.  I was looking online for resources for Biology because I am usually a P.E. and one of our teachers left so I was placed in Biology.  I know these is random because you have no idea who I am.  I ran up on your page and it seems like you know this subject well.  My class is all retester and the only resources I have is the SATP 2 book. May I have access to your page? I am trying to find anything to help these students pass their state test.  I was wondering is there any information or resources you have I could use in my class.   
Sincerely,
Monica Bankston

 

Anita Barnhart  resquem01@comcast.net
Atlee High School
Mechanicsville, VA
1/23/11
Hello,
 After 25 years, I find myself back in the classroom teaching 9th grade standard Biology.  I LOVE YOUR WEB SITE!!!!  It has been a great source of information and great ideas!
 Most sincerely,
 
Anita Barnhart
Atlee High School
Mechanicsville, VA


11/21/14
Greg Bass          Greg.Bass@wjusd.org

Thank you for posting the EXCELLENT mitosis/meiosis yarn activity, I teach a 7th grade Special Ed Science class and I can't wait to give it to them today!

Again, thank you for the help :)

 

Greg Bass

Lee Middle School




9/8/11
Kay Bass
Hi Kelly!  Hope your school year is off to a great start.  My Zoology is a success so far!  I have 15 kids - perfect number for my first time around.  And they are a great group.  About half of them I had last year in Biology, and the other half are interested in some sort of career with animals... so I'm really excited, we are going to have fun this year.  :)Since my Zoology is a year long, we are doing all kinds of projects.  Right now, we are collecting insects for their insect collection this fall.  Should be interesting!
Question on your dissecting specimens.... do you get any injections - double or single?  I might just have to get plain this year with funding shortages.  I'm also thinking I might try to get a squid and maybe a few dogfish sharks.  Any advice on those?  Will I have to get the special pans for the sharks?
I'm sure I'll have more questions.  But this is all I got for now!  
Thanks a bunch!
Kay Bass
Harrisburg High School


Marilyn Bass [Marilyn.Bass@savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us

11/14/08
I discovered your website about 3 weeks ago while looking for a mitosis game.  Thank you so much for the amazing website and your willingness to share with other biology teachers (like me).

 

Alison Batka batkaa@m-gsd.org

12/31/13
Good afternoon,
I was wondering if you give access to other teachers to the honors biology part of your website?  I was hired this school year (after school had already started) at Monrovia High School in central Indiana and am teaching honors bio, AP bio, and Anatomy & Physiology.  I came across your website while looking for resources and found it really helpful!  If access is a possibility just let me know!
Thank you,
Alison Batka

1/2/14
I will definitely stick to those guidelines!  Thanks again!
Alison Batka

4/24/14
Good morning,
I had emailed you back in December about gaining access to your honors biology and AP Biology websites. You had emailed me back, but never included any information on how to access the websites with a username and password. I am starting to think about plans for next year and think some of your activities are SO useful! As always, I give credit to you on anything that I use from your website.
Thanks again!
Alison Batka
Monrovia High School

 

Will Bean  wbean@newark.k12.ny.us
Newark High School

3/5/10
Good Morning,
I came across your website and was wondering if you would share your AP multiple choice questions.  This is my first year and I am currently trying to compile as many AP tests as possible.  If you wouldn't mind sharing I would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Will



Kate Bement  
kbement@ans.edu.ni

2/20/13
Hi Ms. Riedell,
My name is Kate Bement.  I am a first year teacher, teaching 9th grade biology in Managua, Nicaragua.  I came across your class webpage the other day while I was look for resources to help me teach mitosis. Your webpage has so many helpful items, especially the review games.  I just used your "Guess that Phase" mitosis quiz as a game with my students and they loved it.  I am also adapting your ppt review game to use in class tomorrow to review the entire chapter.  In addition, I found the links to the games and quizzes for mitosis to be really helpful and have directed my students to the websites as they review for the test.  It is clear that you have put a lot of work into this website and I was so grateful to have stumbled upon it.  Thank you for all of the awesome resources!  I cannot tell you how helpful they have been.  Have a great day.
Best regards,
Ms. Kate Bement
American Nicaraguan School
Managua, Nicaragua



Corinne Biamby -  cbiamby@rockdale.k12.ga.us
Salem High

 8/26/13
Hi there Kelly,
My name is Corinne Biamby and I am a new Zoology teacher at Salem High in Georgia. Are there any Zoology labs you can recommend?

 

Kimberly J. Bickerstaff [kbickerstaff@bcps.org
Baltimore County, MD

10/27/08
Kelly,
Your site is absolutely the best around and I treasure it as a first year AP Biology teacher. I hope you don't mind, but I send my students there frequently. I was wondering if you would mind me linking my site to your interactive crossword puzzles. They are super and of course I will give you credit galore for creating them. Thank you so much for your incredible resource!!!

1/22/10

I was looking at your site and wondered what if you would tell me about Parade of Kingdoms musical chairs. Sounds fun!
Kim Bickerstaff


1/22/10
Kelly,
Thanks so much! Looks like fun! Can't wait to use this as our review for parade of kingdoms.
Have a great weekend.
Kim


10/17/12
Shane Bleyenberg   bleyenburgs@corinthcsd.com
Hi,

I am a high school biology teacher in upstate New York who actually graduated from SDSU a number of years ago .I stumbled across your website about a year ago and have found the materials to be incredibly helpful. Today, as I was trying to access the website I found that there is a login required. Is there any chance I can still access your materials? I thank you for all of your work and would really appreciate the use of them in my classroom.

Thanks,
Shane Bleyenburg

12/16/14
Lindsey Bonnett

Hi Kelly,

I am teaching my first year of Biology at Adrian High school in MN.  I am so thankful that I found your website.  I love the worksheets and games you have created.  They have been a life saver.  I continue to struggle with writing my tests.  The resources that came with the book (many year ago- it is pretty old) don’t really match up with what I want to test my students on.  I am wondering if you have strategies, suggestions or examples that you would be willing to share with me.  I have modified some of your review worksheets and used them as tests, but I would really like to use them as worksheets also.  Any help would be appreciated. 

Thank you
Lindsey Bonnett
Adrian Public Schools

 

 

 

 

Joelle Bourgeois   kjbourgeois@eatel.net
Walker High School
Walker, LA

Hi Kelly,
I'm just starting out and very overwhelmed at the moment with my new AP Biology Class. I'm looking to add to my growing collection of stuff. I would love it if you would email me a copy of the old MC questions.
Many Thanks,
Joelle Bourgeois
P.S. I teach at Walker High School in Walker, La.

7/9/16

Ms. Riedell,

Hi! My name is Joelle Bourgeois. I teach AP Biology at Walker High School in Walker, La. I love your website and use it all the time. I happened to look at your site for your AP scores and again your students knocked it out of the park. Congratulations to you and your students.  

I just finished my 3rd year of teaching AP and my scores this year were not great. I was wondering if your school has requirements for a student to enroll in your class? Or if any student who wants to take an AP course is allowed to do so?

Also, are you or have you ever been an AP Reader? I'm considering doing this because I feel like it would be extremely beneficial to me and my students. 

Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.

Many Thanks,

Joelle Bourgeois


Hi Joelle,
Officially, the prereq's for AP Bio here are 1 year of Biology AND 1 year of Chemistry with a B or better, but the counselors often let students who want to take the class register even though they have not met the prereq's or who have had Biology but sign up to take Chemistry at the same time as AP Bio.  

This past year I had a weird group with a high percentage of students that had very low motivation and wouldn't do home work or study.  1/2 the class chose not to take the AP Bio exam and those that did had the lowest scores since the revamp.  

I was an AP Reader for the first time a year ago. I did not do it this year because my daughter had a baby and I went after school got out to help out. I am going to do it again next summer if I get asked.  I was a good experience and you get to see first hand how the grading works. Plus there are a lot of really good AP Teachers that you get to meet and talk to. 
Don't be discouraged by your scores.Pick one thing that you will do different for next time.  
All you can do is teach the best class you can... it is their choice. If you have any other ?'s just ask. I will be glad to try and help if I can.

~Kelly

7/11/16

Thank you so much for taking the time to email me back. Your advice and insight is greatly appreciated and I will certainly do that for the upcoming school year.

Congratulations on the new grand baby

Have a wonderful day!

Joelle

 

8/30/16

Ms. Reidell,

Hi! It's me again. I have some more questions for you. 


1) I'm intrigued with the "Bill" you have the kids set up. Do you have them include their labs in the "Bill" or in a separate  notebook? Also, what do they use to set up their bill? A 5 subject notebook or a composition book?


2) Do you have to pay a fee every year to get textbook logins? I've used them before but don't remember how to go about getting a new access code.

We started school on Thursday, August 4th, but from Thursday, August 11 thru Saturday, August 13 south central Louisiana received ~30 inches of rain. This caused severe flooding to our students homes and our schools. Students will return to school on Monday, September 12. I know that many have lost their textbooks but more than likely not their cellphones or tablets. If they had access to the textbook online this might help them until we could replace their textbook.

Any information you could give me would be helpful. Thanks in advance for your help.

Joelle

 

12/4/18

Hi!

I love your website! I have used the link you have for "Draw Glycolysis", "Draw Kreb's Cycle" and "Draw ETC" for the past few years but not they do not open. Any suggestions how to find the videos?

Many Thanks

Joelle


12/4/18
Hi Joelle,
Not sure where you are trying to access the links. I checked the AP Bio Metabolism webpage.
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/metabolism.htm

The links for Draw Glycolysis, Draw Krebs, Draw ETC that are on the homework calendar for Monday 2/26 and Tuesday 2/27 seem to be working for me. 

Here are the direct links. You can try copying and pasting this in your URL bar.

mms://media.k12.sd.us/kr021/glycolysis_fermentation_20120625.wmv

mms://media.k12.sd.us/kr021/draw_krebs2_20130213.wmv

mms://media.k12.sd.us/kr021/draw_ETC2_20130214.wmv

Hope this helps.  If you could let me know where the link is not working for you, I would like to fix it if I can.

~Kelly

12/4/18
Hey Kelly,

I tried all the links from home too and it's still not working. I have a PC at school and a Mac at home. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I really hate to keep bugging you about it. 
Thanks so much,

Joelle

 

12/4/18

Nevermind!!!! I was able to get them to work.😊 Thank you so much for your help! You are so kind. I love your website too!

Joelle Bourgeois

 

1/26/19

Hey Kelly!

I hope things are going well for you this school year. I was hoping you could help me with something. I would like for my kids to read The Hot Zone and complete either a literature circle or Socratic seminar on it. I am having trouble picturing what it would look like in my classroom. I was hoping that you had some ideas how I could use it in class besides "tests" or "here's some questions to answer". Maybe you have some experience with this.

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate your time and feedback.

Joelle

 

1/26/19
Hi Joelle,
I don't really have any special ideas about doing this. One of my teacher friends had students read this book for his Microbiology class. I am attaching some discussion questions. Maybe not what you wanted, but might give you some ideas.

Kelly Riedell

1/27/19
This is perfect. Thank you so much! 
Joelle


4/17/9
Lewis B. Bradford      lewis.bradford@rcsd.ms

I stumbled upon your website this morning.  I want to commend you on how
impressive your website is.  I will be teaching Zoology next year and I am
trying to get a head start on organizing my material.  I have one question
for you.  What textbook do you use?
thanks,

Lewis B. Bradford
Northwest Rankin High School

 

Tabetha Bramucci [tbramucci@msd3.org

1/28/10
Kelly---I have been using some of the information on your website but have not been able to get on it lately. The materials were great and very helpful! Do you have any idea what the problem is? The site is great and I would love to use it again Thank you Tabetha


Kay Braswell kbraswell@scboe.org

4/22/10

Ms. Riedell,
I am teaching AP Biology for the first time this year and I am finding many struggles with it.  I was wondering if you could offer some advise on a few things, if possible?  My first concern is that I feel the students need a strong Chemistry class to do well in AP Biology, but the problem is that they take 17 weeks out of the Chemistry curriculum to review the students for the Ga. High School Graduation Test, science section and I was told that it would not be changing.  What can I do to help my students be successful with AP and fill in the large gap with their Chemistry knowledge?  We are a very small school.  I am pretty much the Biology Department. One other teacher teaches one class of Biology.  I know it is hard to believe, but one stop light towns are still out there.  Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time,
Kim Braswell
Social Circle High School


BRATCHER, ELIZABETH EBRATCHER@bentonville.k12.ar.us

Hi Kelly

I am an AP Biology teacher in Arkansas.  I discovered your website posted on the AP list serve. I would love to see more! Would you be kind enough to provide me a password so that I can discover more material to use for my classes? Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Have a great day,

 Liz Bratcher
BHS
Bentonville High School
Bentonville, AR


Kim Braswell  kbraswell@scboe.org

9/14/10
Mrs. Riedell:

I have completed my first year with AP Biology. I need to make many adjustments, of course, but being able to use your website has been a godsend. I have learned a lot this past year. I still have a belief that students need to have a strong background in chemistry in order to do well. We now have formed an AP Department within our school and have opened up communication with the Board of Education with concerns for the AP Program.

I know that you are extremely busy, but I was wondering if you could reply with a letter of your thoughts and knowledge on the importance of chemistry to a successful AP Biology program. I have e-mailed you earlier concerning this, but I thought that it would be good to present ideas of what other schools do to prepare their students for AP Biology.

I hope that you have the time for this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much,
Kim Braswell
Social Circle High School

9/21/10
Ms. Riedell,
I noticed that you let your students make test corrections. I think that it is a good idea. What information do you require from them for each question and how many points, if any, do you allow?
Thanks,
Kim Braswell
Social Circle High School



Jordan Breit jbreit@lowndes.k12.ga.us

1/20/10

I would like to start off by saying how great your webpage is.  There are so many wonderful tools and neat extras!  I am a first year biology teacher at Lowndes High in Valdosta Ga, and stumbled across your webpage while in search of excellent student resources.  We are using the same book as your system.  I would like to ask permission to login to your biology webpage in hopes of finding even more education resources.
Thank you,
Jordan Breit
 

1/20/10,
Thank you so much. We are using the dragonfly book for our Bio I courses. You are right, I have only made my way on to the main site but am excited about seeing what other neat stuff you have.  I will definitely give credit and appreciate your generosity. 
Thanks again,
Jordan Breit

2/25/15

Erin Brock

Hi there. I am a new Biology teacher in Kentucky. I would love to have access to your Biology resources. Is there a username and password that you share out for access?  Your AP resources are amazing.
Thank you,

Erin Brock

Audra Brown warda@marist.com
10/27/09
That sounds great...thanks for doing this.  Your website is terrific!

-Audra

10/28/09
It's my pleasure, Kelly.  Thanks for being so willing to share by putting it up on your website.

Stephanie Brubeck scbrubec@gmail.com

5/15/12
Hi Ms. Riedell,
Your dissection site is amazing! It has helped me organize my biology classes and my dissection unit. Thank you so much.
Stephanie Brubeck
Second year teacher

4/6/18
Diane Bruns     brunsd@osceola.k12.fl.us
Hi Kelly, My name is Diane and I teach AP Biology in St. Cloud Florida. Last year I found the links to the live review sessions that David Knuffke did that you had posted. Do you know if they are doing that again this year, if so where can I get the information.  I have also emailed David as well, just thought I would check with you too. Thanks for your time

Hi Diane,
I saw a discussion about this on the AP Bio teachers Facebook page but so far no one has said this is happening again.
The links to the old reviews are archived  here and can be watched .

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YAu_MDqtOP7IMH3DNylJHXeUjQn6Bi0BksHqo-j207o/pubhtml

​Kelly


 

 

 



Alisha Burcham 
Lake Preston
Hi, Kelly.  My name is Alisha Burcham and I shadowed your classroom last month for a student teaching SDSU project.  I just wanted to thank you for letting me come in and also for having such an amazing website!  I really appreciate it, as a first year teacher, because you share your wealth of knowledge with all of us and make us better teachers in the long run too.  I really appreciate your generosity and support of the world of science.  I know you put so much work into finding all of the information.  Thank you for allowing us to have the options of using it; especially free of charge.  It is truely giving of you to help support teachers and science--thank you!!!! 



Levi Burkett    lburkett@asdk12.net
10/23/18
Hello Mrs. Riedell,

I just wanted to email you and say thank you. I had to create a Zoology class for my school a few years ago and I found some of your resources online. They are great! It has really help me in designing a class that is very productive, educational, and fun. I have made sure to give you credit for your work whenever I use your materials. 
I honestly just wanted to say thank you. I see that you use the modeling curriculum for Biology as well. I have been modeling Biology for about 5 years now. If there is any way that I could ever help you back with my own adaptations of the modeling curriculum, please let me know.
Thanks for your time,
Levi Burkett
Grayling High School
Grayling, MI



Wendy Burt [WBurt@three-rivers.org]

5/12/10

Hi, Kelly,
I was checking out your jeopardy game for the crayfish.  I have a new smartboard and thought we would review our crayfish with your game.  Is there a way that the “questions“ don’t show on the slide?  Your website is wonderful.  I hope to work on one this summer.  I’ll bet your students love bio with such a creative teacher as you.  I have been teaching for 34 years and I still love it.  I am really excited about the new technology that surrounds bio and teaching.
Thanks for your help.  Keep up the great work, especially at this difficult time of the year!
Sincerely,
Wendy Burt


1/4/10
lynea cameron   
lynae.cameron@rulh.k12.oh.us

Mrs. Riedell,
I discovered your webpage earlier this year and have used it regularly but this past week when trying to access the biolor
gy site, I have encountered problems.  I was just wondering if there has been a block of some kind placed on it.   It is now sending me to a login page that I was formerly able to bypass to get to all the slideshows, worksheets, videos etc.  Either way I just wanted to thank you for the work you have done and for sharing it.

Thank you so much.  Your work is greatly appreciated!


Lynea Cameron
Science TeacheRipley Union Lewis Huntington High School

 

Julie Carey jcarey@janesville.k12.wi.us
Craig High School
Janesville, WI

1/5/10
Good Afternoon,
I love your biology website and found it off of Massengale's Biology Junction which I have admired for years.  I was able to view the review games page before winter break but not I get an error message I have tried from both home and school.  It also says something in regards to "logging in".  Is the page protected now?
Thanks.

Keely Carpenter    Keely_Carpenter@allenisd.org

10/11/12
Hi Kelly!

I have to say, I really enjoy your Biology webpage! I have been teaching science for 9 years, but this is my first time teaching Biology and you have saved me with your easy explanations. Currently I am teaching Biomolecules, and I saw that you have a sheet that can be turned in to a manipulative for students to use. It has a picture of the monomer with a definition, etc. Would you mind if I made copies of that to use in my classroom as review for my students?

Thank you again, for your wonderful page!

BTW- I am in Texas :)

Keely Carpenter
9th Grade Biology
Lowery Freshman Center

Michael Cassano [MCassano@revere.mec.edu
Revere High School
Revere MA

5/15/9

My name is Mike Cassano and I teach biology at Revere High School located in Revere MA. I have been using your site throughout this academic year and I must commend you and your entire staff. Your site is probably the most complete site on biology I have ever encountered, not to mention the correlation with the text. My students and I have benefited greatly because of it. Kudos to all of you!!

 

I am moving into The Human Body Section. Have you done anything with this unit from a power point perspective? I have been searching for various sites to improve class presentations and quite honestly, have not been lucky enough to find one that measures up to the performance of your web site. Incidentally, my students love the presentations as it is makes their learning experience more enjoyable and a whole lot easier to understand too; certainly a far cry from the traditional approach.

Once again I thank you and certainly want to give credit where it belongs.

Kudos,

Mike Cassano

1/6/10
Hi Kelly,
Once again I feel compelled to e-mail you and tell you how wonderful this web site is. You and your staff have obviously put a tremendous
amount of work into this project and all of you need to be commended. My students really enjoy the power points as they are a breath of fresh air
from the text as well as, providing a visual which complements the learning needs of so many students. Please be advised that I 100% give
credit where it belongs as anyone should who chooses to use this site; anything less would unethical in my opinion.
Lately, I have experienced difficulty logging on to it apparently a change took place over the Holidays. Is this an indication that you no
longer wish its continued use by outsiders? If it is, I want to thank you for the time that I was allowed to use it, my students benefitted
greatly.
Sincerely,
Mike Cassano

1/6/10
Hi Kelley,
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your sharing the change with me. I can't tell you enough about how much of an impact your web site has
made on my classes. Because we use the same text it has become more relevant to my students. Enjoy the rest of your school year (it's flying
by).
Kudos to all,
Mike

YA TING CHANG ychang1@kleinisd.net

9/20/12
Hello Ms. Riedell,
My name is Amy Chang and I am a new AP biology teacher at Klein Forest High School in Houston, Texas. I was browsing the web for possible AP resources for me and my students and came across your website. I loved the materials that you created for the AP students and wanted to know if I could use those handouts for my students as well (with your link source included of course). Also I noticed that you had students create an online account so that they could have access to the online biology textbook. Would it be possible if I let my students use the same access code to log in and use the online textbook resources on masteringbiology? I have emailed Pearson company asking for access to the online resources as an AP instructor but have received no responses. If you have any suggestions, tips, or resources for a new AP Biology teacher please let me know. I would greatly appreciate your help!
Thank you for your time
Amy Chang

9/21/12
Thank you so much for your willingness to share! Also, do you know where I can get access to old released AP Exams?
Thank you
Amy Chang

 9/21/12
Thank you so much!
Amy

Sharyn Chase  sfc1@chaseplanet.us

12/31/11
Ms. Ridell,
I want to thank you for your site! I found it while surfing the Internet looking for ideas in teaching 9th grade standard Biology (this is my first time). I have even directed some students from other classes to your site because I found it so helpful. Your PowerPoints really help me get the material across to my students.

Thanks again.
Sharyn Chase

Marie Ceccoli [ceccoli@verizon.net

12/31/08

Dear Kelly,
I am a first year middle school teacher working with out dated text (1995) and very little resources to accompany it.  I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how helpful and fabulous I have found your website! Thank you for allowing me access to all your hard work and resources!

Nancy Clark  webmaster@nclark.net

4/27/09
Kelly,
 I'll be happy to remove my link to Mrs. Lanoue's site.  However, since your website is password protected, it seems a shame that other teacher's cannot benefit from your work.  I could link to your photosynthesis page if you would like.  I try to give credit to anyone whose work I use on my site.  Let me know what you would like me to do.
 
Nancy
Designs by Nancy
http://designs.nclark.net/
Amazing Science Teacher Resources
http://www.nclark.net/

9/8/17
Troy Clinkscales      clinkstr@sd25.us

Hello Kelly,

I teach biology in Pocatello, Idaho at Highland High School and I wanted to give the “How Many Bears” activity a shot.

I am confused about the game play. 

When the students compete with each other do they roll against each other and the winner (highest roll) picks a ticket? Do they move to a new food source each roll? 

 

Thank you in advance

9/8/17
Hi Troy,
Yes each student has a die. They move around room to where the food tickets are located.  One student rolls against another student.  The one with highest number takes one food ticket from the pile.  They can roll more than once at a location or move on to other food locations trying to get a variety of colored tickets.  Injured bear is at a disadvantage so he must win roll by 2. (Ex: injured bear rolls a 4; other bear rolls a 3 = injured bear loses). Once all the food tickets have been picked up they go back to their desks and tally up their points. Have fun. My students love this.
Kelly

Clophus, Katherine   katherine.clophus@cpsb.org

9/25/12
Hello, I hope you are having a marvelous Tuesday!! My name is Katherine Clophus, I am a biology and environmental science teacher at Sulphur High in Sulphur Louisiana. I discovered your site today while looking for quiz games for my biology students who will test on the cell  Thursday. I want to first tell you that your site is amazing!!!! It must have taken a lot of work to create all of that. I am asking for permission to use it for my students in both classes. I have a Blackboard site and would like to post you guys as a source for my students....with your permission of course. I teach at a school with a fairly large science department....most of my fellow teachers are not tech savvy and I find myself often working alone making these types of reviews for my students.....as you know it is very time consuming. I was overjoyed to say the least when stumbling on your site today.  I hope I didn't offend and I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a blessed and wonderful week!!!
Katherine Clophus
Sulphur High School



Kay Coates   Coates@dodgeland.k12.wi.us
Dodgeland School Dist
WI

12/31/00

Kelly--I stumbled across your website last year, and I am just putting things together for all of my classes this year.  I haven't had the time to put my own site together and I just wanted to let you know I love your site!!!!  I give my kids your address and they love it also.  All of the links to help them review and all of the online activities are great!!!! Thanks for helping to make my life easier!!



Kay Coates        coatekay@rhinelander.k12.wi.us
Rhinelander High School
3/7/17
Thank you for all of the information you have on your AP Bio site!  As a 1st year AP teacher, who just learned about your page in a recent post on the AP Listserv....I can't say thank you enough for all of the resources you have.
Question---I saw you have the Big Idea and what should you know info posted.  Did you re-type that info or is it somewhere in AP Central to copy and paste?
Thanks again!
Kay L. Coates

3/7/17

Hi Kay,
Glad to help.
The Big ideas and what you should know come from the Course description book
See attachment

If you have any other ?'s I would be glad to help.
The first year is the hardest. Hang in there. 
It gets better. This is my favorite class to teach now.

~Kelly

3/7/17
You are amazing!!  Thank you so much!
Kay

 
Kerin Coffey 
kcoffey@skusd.k12.ca.us
9/20/13
Ms. Reidell-
I've been meaning to send you a thank you for weeks now. I'm a new high school bio teacher (after teaching 7th grade science for 15 years). I went to an AP institute before school started and your site was listed on a helpful website list and I am soooo happy I found it. I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work and allowing other teachers to have access to it. It has been a complete lifesaver for me. I wish there was something I could do to return the favor but for now I will just promise to pay it forward.
I hate to admit this but I committed an awful act in teaching. I gave out an assignment from your site before I had time to do the assignment myself and now I'm stuck. I assigned my students to complete the scientific method analysis (the fish experiment) and I don't know what the formula would be to calculate the rate of change. If you have a minute, would you mind helping me to clear this up? I'm embarrassed that I can't figure it out myself.

Thanks again for all that you do!

Kerin Coffey
Rosamond High School
Rosamond, CA

9/20/13
Oh my goodness. I'm even more embarrassed now. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!

Kerin

Pierre Coggins [prcoggins@morgank12.org
West Morgan High School

8/19/08
Ms. Riedell,
I believe this is the best web site for Zoology information I have ever seen. You did a great job on it

Denise Coleman
WCHS Biology
denise.coleman@cmcss.net

3/15/10
Hello,
I was wondering if you would mind if I used your wonderful starfish lab.  I teach biology in Tennessee and I found your site while looking for ideas for the starfish lab.  This is the first year I am trying the starfish lab and I admit I am a little lost about how to put together the lab.  Most of the labs I have done previously were already created by another teacher. 

Sincerely,
Denise

3/15/10
Thank you so much for your generosity.  I know how much work goes into creating these assignments. 

Faiza Coleman-Salako    faizacs@gmail.com

12/20/12

Ms. Riedell,
Thank you very much for your sites.
The diligence with which you have put all of these resources together is very inspiring, indeed.
Thank you for being "open" enough to want to help educate all (include new science teachers who don't have a clue how to put it all together for every type of student). May you be guided then blessed - always!

Faiza Coleman-Salako

Monica Coler [mcoler@bellingham.k12.ma.us
High School Biology
Bellingham, MA

12/31/09
Your website is great! Thank you for making it so available.
I always give you guys credit when I use something from it or when I
send my students there.

Gail Coley     ColeyG@lake.k12.fl.us

2/2/12
I just want to thank you so much for creating and maintaining such an awesome website.

This is my first year teaching AP biology and your website has been a life saver for myself and my students!

You are an awesome person!!!

Thanks for sharing and caring!

Gail Coley, MPH

AP Biology, Biology and Genetics

East Ridge High School

Ruth Colyer    ruth_colyer@yahoo.com

12/17/12
Hello Ms. Riedell,
My name is Ruth Colyer. I am a first-year biology teacher at Juarez-Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas. I am currently teaching grades 9-12, modified, regular, AP and Duel Enrollment biology classes. My workload is tremendous and certainly not what I expected when I decided to take on a career in teaching. I stumbled upon your web site early this semester, and it has been a life-saver ever since. I have been studying and utilizing your site as a guide. Your site provides a wealth of information and resources for anyone to access. The powerpoint presentations (Notes) are very comprehensive as well. Kudos to you and the teachers who have contributed to the site. I particularly favor the AP pages. I want to ensure that I am providing the required information with sufficient detail to my AP students, and your site facilitates more than you can imagine. Thank you so very much for allowing the general public to freely access your site!

I would like to know if you have a syllabus template for your AP class. I submitted my syllabus to College Board without any instruction or assistance, and the Board is requesting revisions, modifications, etc, to the document. I am very short on time and was wondering if you have a template that I could follow [my campus does not have anything in place for its AP biology class; I am developing the curriculum for the course as I go along]. Any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and the use of your web site,

Ruth R. Colyer, MS
Juarez-Lincoln High School
Mission, TX 78574

12/18/12

Hello Kelly,
Thank you so very much for responding!! And thank you sincerely for the advice and suggestions. I am the only AP science teacher on my campus, so I had nothing to follow. Fortunately, I was an instructor at our local university for the last three years. I know the material, and I can teach it according to the Big Ideas, however, the College Board syllabus requirements far exceed those at the university. I had no idea how detailed the document was supposed to be.
Again, thank you. I hope to stay in touch, if that is alright with you. Do you incorporate a lot of technology into your instruction? If so, what types of technology do you use, and are your students actively involved in its usage?
Kindest regards,
Ruth R. Colyer

8/8/13
Mary Cooper    mcooper@usd387.org
Good Afternoon, Kelly!
My name is Mary Cooper and I am a first year science teacher at Altoona-Midway USD 387.  I came across your classroom website via Science Group on Schoology.  I was wondering if I could have access to viewing your course materials for your 4 different classes.  Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Cheers,
Mary Cooper
Science Teacher Altoona-Midway MS/HS

Elizabeth Cothren  Elizabeth.Cothren@cmcss.net


10/2/12
Hello! I am a high school Biology teacher in Tennessee and have recently found your website. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your awesome ideas with fellow teachers. It is my first year and your ideas with hands on activities have improved my teaching and eased the stress of planning. You are a life saver, and I just wanted to say thank you :) 

Ashley Cothren
Northwest High School 



7/16/13
Sheila Covar     sheilacovar@gmail.com

I just finished my first year of teaching AP Biology: whew it was a tough year, wish I had found your website before now, but I will be tweaking my plans all year so thanks for all the great resources! I can't imagine the hours it took to build such a fantastic website - thanks for sharing!

Sheila Covar
Charles B. Aycock H.S.
Pikeville, NC 27893

7/22/13

Loree Cox          loreecox@gmail.com

Hello
I have found your website to be a great resource.  Do you have student versions of your powerpoints with student blanks for them to fill in?  If so would you mind sharing them with me?
 
Loree Cox
New Smyrna Beach High School

Jacob Crane    jcrane@ceetutoring.com

Hi
Thank you for sharing these links to home school parents like me. During my research I stumbled across http://local.brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/photosynthesis.htm. You have listed a lot of great resources there that have really helped me with my teaching in addition to the great content that you have created on your site. Such a big help for a busy single dad like me.
 I am writing to say thanks, and to let you know that I also found a link during my research that I thought might be a great addition to your list of resources. The website http://www.startlocal.com.au/articles/educational_photosynthesis.html has some great information about photosynthesis as well as quite a few other useful links and I thought it would probably be of value to your visitors.
 I also noticed that one of your links returned 404 errors.  I thought you might want to replace it with new ones:
Photosynthesis animation http://www.tracy.k12.ca.us/thsadvbio/animations/Photosynthesis.swf
 I hope I was able to help you in some way because you certainly helped me. Please let me know if you found my suggestion helpful.

 Kind Regards,
Jacob Crane

1/4/10
John Crowell

Ravenna High School
Ravenna, MI 

Hi Kelly

I am teaching Biology (Prentice Hall) at my school for this year - first time in 15 years!  I found your website just before break while researching for Biome material.  I noticed that the site was no longer active or that there was a password being asked for.  Is there a way that I could have access to it?  You have great material and Ideas and I wish I could be as creative as you!  I see that you also teach an AP version and was interested in forwarding your info to our AP teacher as well.  Thanks again in advance.
John Crowell

1/4/10

Thank you - I was looking to use your "Bear" game and had bookmarked your page before break.  I was kicking myself for not printing the material out earlier - especially when I saw the dead link this morning.  You have done a great job, and I will look at the other chapters you have.  Thanks again.
John Crowell

 

 

Robert Daiker    robert.daiker@burkburnettisd.org
Burkburnett High School

8/25/13

Good Afternoon,
I am a biology teacher at Burkburnett High School in Texas. My colleague and I are really impressed with your website and materials. The reason for my email is to ask permission to use some of your powerpoint presentations and activities. We like the skeleton note style and it lends itself well to the "flipped classroom" style we are trying to employ. I realize that they are to South Dakota educational standards, however, we would like to supplement our material with some of your material. I am looking forward to your response and correspondence. Thank you very much!

Robert Daiker
Burkburnett High School



Alyson Darconte    Alyson.Darconte@eu.dodea.edu

9/19/12
Hi Kelly,

I am a new AP Biology teacher who found out four days before school started that I was going to be teaching the subject. Your website has been one of my best assets so far this year and I was wondering if I could ask you about how you test your students at the end of the unit. I'm teaching the same topics as you for the first unit and didn't know if it was too much to ask if I could have a copy of the test you give so that I have an example of what to do. How long are your tests? I saw that you have your students complete a take home portion and a multiple choice section during class. Also, could you explain the directions for your desktop musical chairs review?

Any help/suggestions you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I work for a Dept. of Defense school in Germany and I am currently having to use the 5th edition Campbell book because that is the last time the school offered AP Bio. We are still waiting on them to send us our actual textbook that was adopted for this year. Again, thank you for being such an awesome resource for someone who is new. I was in a panic at the beginning of the year but my dept. chair from my last school
directed me to your website and Explore Biology and I immediately felt better about jumping into AP Bio.
Sincerely,
Alyson Darconte
Science Teacher
Bitburg High School
Bitburg, Germany

10/22/12
Hi Kelly,

Thanks so much for your help. The last time I had e-mailed you had mentioned that there were some examples of old tests from Kim Foglia's teacher vault. I had sent a request to get access to the teacher vault on her webpage before I saw that she had passed away last year. Could you send me some more examples of tests/questions? I'm getting ready to give a test on cells in the next couple days and then moving onto mitosis and meiosis. I have to tell you that I don't know if I could survive this year without your website, such a life saver. Your students are truly lucky.
Have a great day,
Alyson

Alyson Darconte
Science Teacher
Bitburg High School
alyson.darconte@eu.dodea.edu

Robin Davis  amazonqn@sbcglobal.net
 
8/15/12
Dear Kelly,
I am going to be teaching AP Biology for the first time this coming year. I have been using your website for information and ideas. It is wonderful, thanks! I tried to download the powerpoint viewer but it did not work. I have a Mac computer, does it work with a Mac or is there a different program?
In terms of your website, how did you get started with it? Is there a tutorial that you would recommend for creating my own website page for my students? I like the icon links and imagine that your students love all the info and links on your page. How long have you been teaching AP?
Thanks.
Robin Davis

 5/16/14

Cathy DeBerry  cdeberry@ycsd.york.va.us

I've just learned that I will be teaching AP Biology for the first time next year. I stumbled across your website. Your newbie advice is awesome! I've learned so much from your info. The more I look into this new prep, the more overwhelmed I become. I saw where you said to email you for copies of the old AP test. Would you be willing to share those with me? I'd appreciate it. Any other guidance on the new journey I've agree to set sail on would be welcomed. Thanks for considering and have lovely weekend!

Cathy DeBerry
Grafton High School
Yorktown, VA

AURA DE LEON aura.deleon@palmasacademy.org
Palmas Academy, Puerto Rico

Thanks!!! Your site is great!!! 

Susan Dent Susan.Dent@matsuk12.us
Palmer, AK

thanks so much for the hard work you have done on your website.  My students really enjoy it. 



Dhillon, Sukhbir                   sdhillon@lausd.net

7/27/9


Hello Kelly,
I just wanted to take some time and thank you for putting your resources online for teachers to use.  Your website has been extremely helpful and wish that more teachers actually shared their materials.
Again thank you,
 
Suki Dhillon


Beth Dixon    BDIxon@rocklinacademy.org

6/5/12
Hello Kelly,
I just stumbled upon your wonderful website and I wanted to send you a quick thank you note. I am teaching AP Bio for the first time in the fall and I'm also building the department (ordering equipment for the first time, etc.). I so appreciate what you built, it is a huge help already. Have a great day!
Beth Dixon
Biology and Life Science Department
Western Sierra Collegiate Academy

  

Pam Dooling

12/19/07
Kelly,
I received the CDs today.  Have not yet had a chance to look at them.
We went back to classes today; part of us are in the church across the street from the high school, others in the new gym building (which is without heat at the moment).  But, at least it is a beginning, and will get 3 days in before the holidays. Thanks again................Pam

Dear Pam,
I am so sorry this happened. As a teacher I can't even comprehend starting over like this. I don't really have a lot of AP stuff to share since I am a newbie AP teacher this year, but I am sending copies of the old AP multiple choice exams that others have shared with me. I have been teaching Bio for 10 years and I have a website set up for my students. The AP section is DEFINITELY STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS, but if anything there is of use please use it with my blessings. I also have a CD that another AP teacher sent to me that has lots of AP stuff. If you let me know an address to send it too, I will send you a copy of that




10/26/09
Marlane Dows 
mdows@centralcss.org

Kelly,
I am a member of the APBio listserv and went to your website from your posting.  There’s free access to Zoo and AP but not Bio.  If you give access to teachers, may I get one?  Love your site.

Thanks

MarLane Dows
Central High
Baton Rouge, LA

 


2/26/9
Jeff Dykstra
Kelly - thanks so much for taking the time to send out your cd! I really appreciate it. Even though I haven't sat down to look at it yet, I'm hopeful it will have some ideas/activities that we can incorporate into our curriculum. I've looked at your website and it looks impressive.
 
Again, thanks for doing this!
Jeff

 

10/30/17
Eddy, Courtney Lynn - SDSU Student   courtney.eddy@jacks.sdstate.edu

Dear Kelly,
Hello, my name is Courtney Eddy, a student studying Biology at the SDSU campus. I am interested in two to four hours worth of shadowing/observing class in order to learn more about the field. I am available Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Please let me know if this is a possibility. If so, I would like to come in before the Thanksgiving break. For this project, I must write a paper on my experience, and turn it in by December 1st. My contacts include this email, or my phone number: 605-464-7012. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Courtney Eddy

10/30/17
Hi Courtney,
You are welcome to come any time.
Mon and Fri I have Honors Biology 1st Hr (8:15-9:05) and 2nd Hr (9:10-10:00)
You can check out the website to see what we are doing on different days.
I have AP Biology 4th Hr (11:35-12:25) 
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/cells.htm
Wed the schedule is different.
1st hr (8:15-8:53), 2nd hr (8:58-9:36) 4th hr (11:34-12:16)

Jessica Ehring-Sikorski ehringj@palmbeach.k12.fl.us
South Tech Academy
1300 SW 30th Ave.
Boynton Beach, Fl 33426
(561) 369-7004

1/5/10
Thank you so much, Kelly! I've been teaching for 5 years, but this is my
first AP class and it is like teaching for the first time all over
again! I appreciate your help : )

6/11/15

Diana Eisenhower
Your website is amazing!!!! I just found it…going to review fish with themJ with Jeopardy.

     Thank you! Diana Eisenhour

 

ERIK EKIS ekise@wowway.com

12/18/08
hello Kelly,
 I hope all is well. My name is Erik Ekis and I'm a science teacher in Westerville, Ohio. I teach Biology and Zoology and I came across your website. Nice job! I'm in the process of building my own and was wondering if I could ask you some questions........ I'm not sure where your school is located; I'd be willing to call you at the most convenient time for you if you'd like. I am also interested in the GIF animal animations, those are pretty cool. Anyway, my school is Westerville Central High school, if you want to confirm that I'm not some random guy e-mailing you! LOL
>>> (http://www.westerville.k12.oh.us/school_home.aspx?schoolID=29
)
Anyway, I hope to take advantage of your expertise, perhaps we'll get the opportunity to touch base at some point.
Happy holidays,
Erik Ekis

12/28/08
hello Kelly,
thanks for the response and I hope your vacation has been a good one. We are also on vacation, through next week!
My first (and main) question pertains to the building of my website. I am looking for great ideas, views, etc. I really like the moving images on your
home page. What web page program do you use (I am using Sitebuilder from Yahoo) and where did you obtain the moving cartoon images? It seems much more user friendly (and fun) than a bunch of buttons and icons, I just don't know where I can get cartoons and images like those. As I move forward with this project, would it be okay for me to send you an e-mail here or there, with any questions? thanks again for any help and happy new year
Erik

1/18/09
hello Kelly,
 I hope all is well. I was wondering if I could use the 'background' that  you are using for your Animal Webpage Project page. It has the giraffe,  gorilla,
etc. I think it is really sharp and would like to use it for one of my pages as well, do I need your permission? Did you get it from Microsoft Frontpage Editor? Want to make sure I don't step on anybody's toes or break any rules. Thanks and have a great upcoming week!
Erik


1/19/09
great, thanks for the info! I understand completely, there are thousands of things out there and like you, I'm trying to keep track (and cite) where I
get things from. your website has been very helpful, not that it's of particular interest to you but I'll send you a link in a few weeks when my
website is ready to publish.
have a great week!
Erik

Theresa Ellefson  jtlellefson@centurytel.net

4/19/12
Hi Kelly,

I want to first thank you for all the many resources you have shared.  This is my first year teaching AP Bio and I am extremely overwhelmed and stressed!  I took over a position with absolutely no resources or support and your website has helped tremendously.  I am hoping that it will get better for me in a few years.  I don't have any old AP Bio exams (multiple choice) and I was wondering if you would be willing to share one or two with me?  I have been using the Cliffs book and making all of my tests off of the practice exams.
You can either email me back at my home email:  jtlellefson@centurytel.net or at my school email:  ellefsont@osceola.k12.wi.us
Thank you,
Theresa Ellefson
Osceola High School
Biology/Anatomy Physiology/AP Biology

Kate Els

4/23/8

I really appreciate that you have your resources on the internet.  You have done a great job coming up with worksheets, powerpoints, and labs for zoology.  This is my first year to teach Zoology at my school and I was LOST.  Your resources have been a valuable help.  I always make sure to cite you, but I wanted to let you know how much of a help you are for new teachers thrown into a subjec they don't know that much about.
I did have one question though.  When you are teaching your class, do you use the powerpoints as notes and have the students copy them?  This seems to take forever and is not very interesting.  Also for the powerpoints that you have as drawings (fish draw, mollusk draw, etc) what do you do with those?  Do you have the students copy and label them or are they used as a review?  I'm just trying to get some ideas for next year! 
Again thank you so much for allowing others to see and use your resources!  They are a great starting point for me when trying to plan a zoology lesson!
Thanks,
Kate

4/25/8

Dear Kelly,
Thanks for your respone.  It seems like you have a good system worked out with zoology.  Do you use injected dissection specimens or plain?  I have used plain ones this year and some things are difficult to see so I was wondering your view on using injected ones.  Thanks again for your resources and response!
Kate

4/28/8
Kelly,
I teach in Tennessee.  I just noticed that you teach biology too.  Do you use the same teaching method in there as well?  We are responsible for a state test in biology I.  We find it difficult to do more than 'cover' the material since there is so much we have to teach for the test.  In my school it is very difficult to do any type of lecturing but the students also HATE to do any type of work.  I guess they get away with that in their other classes, but not in mine.  So I hear a lot of complaining! 
Again, thanks for making your resources available to those of us new in the field!  WE appreciate it!
Oh are you on block schedule?  Just curious!

Mandie England   mandie.england@wintersisd.org

10/17/12
Ms. Riedell,

Oh, my goodness!! Your website is awesome and has helped me so much!! May I share the user name and password with some other bio teachers if they promise to give you credit for the work? You could sell rights to use your webpage, you know. I would certainly pay… It is such an amazing collection of truly valuable, usable teaching tools! Also, I was wondering if you are going to CAST or the NSTA Convention this year, and if so, are you presenting?
Thank you for all you have done! It is an unbelievable amount of work!!
Mandie England
Winters ISD

EUBANKS, GENA GENA.EUBANKS@hcbe.net
Warner Robins High

11/18/08
I just wanted to e-mail you and say that those of you who created this website are AMAZING!! J   You have some really great materials that I can use in my classes.  I have shared this website with all of my Biology colleagues!THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Pamela Evans evansp@redfordu.k12.mi.us
Redford Union High School
Michigan

11/19/09
Good afternoon,
I found your web page while looking for zoology jeopardy games today. I just wanted to let you know that I found so much information by visiting your site. It is super!

Thank you for some new ideas to improve my one semester class in zoology. This year I had 50 students sign up for zoology! :) 

This was just a complimentary e-mail regarding your web site. I live in Michigan but have worked in Custer State Park in South Dakota in my younger years for three summers. I really do miss the Black Hills and Custer State Park but also love teaching especially zoology. :)
Sincerely,
Pam Evans

11/20/09
Good morning. I was wondering if I can use some of your worksheets for zoology? Again, thank you for replying to my e-mail.
PAM

1/19/10
Good morning,
I know I have contacted you already this year.  How long is your zoology course? Is it one semester or two semesters? I may have asked but can not remember.
Thanks again for your great web-site. :)

1/19/10
Thank you.  It seems so tight to fit in so much information. :)

7/2/4
Tom Everett        Tom.Everett@eastern.k12.in.us


I was searching online and ran across your website.  I've taught AP biology for the past eight years and I'm always looking for new ideas to improve my students scores.  I have a few questions I'd to ask.
1.  Do you spend a lot of time making sure your students have mastered a chapter before moving on to a new one.  I've noticed many of my students  haven't completed mastered the material before I move on.  Then, by the time I've finished the unit, many of the students aren't prepared for the exam. Although I believe that many of them just aren't spending enough time with the material.
2.    I assign reading guides at the beginning of every chapter and make them due several days after being assigned.  As the year progresses, I've found that they show up with them partially complete or simply copy off of a friend.  Do you give reading guides for every chapter or do you give daily work to practice with the material?
3.  What are your unit exams like?  Do you use exam view that come with Campbell biology text?  Do you write your own questions?
4.  What have you found to be the best way to review for the AP exam with your students?  I've used the last two weeks before the exam in the past to review by using the cliffs ap review guide.  With the new exam format I need a better way to review and prepare my students.
If you have any advice or materials I'd appreciate it.

Thank-you,
Tom Everett



Cher Fesenmaier   cfesenmaier@susd.org

3/11/11
Hello,
I was hoping I could take a moment of your time and ask you a question or two.

I teach Biology and Biology II AP in Arizona and have come across your website which is UNBELIEVABLE!  Where you find the time is beyond me!  I am hoping that I may borrow some of your resources (giving you credit where credit is most deserved)?  I will be happy to share anything I’ve come across or created with you!

My second question (and supporting questions) are in regards to your schedule.  My school district is looking into changing our schedules due to trying to imbed PLC time into the day.  I’m serving on the committee and was trying to understand a little more about why Wednesday is different times, for the classes and the end of the day.  Do science teachers have a “common prep” period? Do you get 2 preps because of AP Bio? Department chair duties?

 

Thank you for your time!
Cher Fesenmaier
Desert Mountain High School
Scottsdale AZ

Finke, Jason jasonfinke@msdlt.k12.in.us
Fall Creek Valley Middle School
Indianapolis, IN

12/19/09
Good Afternoon, I teach 7th grade science in Indianapolis and after Christmas break I will be teaching cellular respiration and fermentation.  I am struggling to find material that is grade level appropriate.  I see on your website that you have a significant amount of material on respiration and fermentation, but it is too advanced for my 7th graders.  Do you have any resources or do you know of any websites that may be of use?
Thank you,
Jason Finke
Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Lisa Flottmeyer [lisa.flottmeyer@aquinasschools.org
Aquinas Catholic Schools
521 S. 13th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

1/18/10
Hi Kelly,
I have used your website in the past for some worksheets and other ideas but am no longer able to get access to the biology “intro” site.  Is there something wrong with the site or do I need a different address.  The error I get is “can’t locate page …”I greatly enjoy the ideas you share.  Thanks so much!


1/19/10
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.  This is always such a busy time of year so I do appreciate the help. I am just glad we have had no snow days...yet.  The winter is early yet, much more to come. What a wonderful compilation of effort you have on your site.  It is always fun to try some new ideas.
Thanks again,
Lisa

10/25/11
Hi Kelly,

I so appreciate the wonderful ideas you have. We have used some in my class and they are so visual and understandable for the students. Is there something blocking the rest of chapter 7 info?

Lisa Flottmeyer

 

10/25/11
Thanks...yes it is working. You teach AP Bio as well? Have you attended any workshops yet for next years changes?
Lisa

6/7/12
Hi Kelly,
I have seen postings from you on the AP Bio Community and it reminded me (as I am sitting here working on my AP syllabus) if you have gone to the newest
edition of your Miller Levine Biology. I see we were both using the last edition for our other Biology classes. I am looking at the new edition for next year, wondering if you have any thoughts or feedback. Thanks also for your creative projects some of which I have tried this last year. Thanks and hope your summer is off to a good start, Lisa Flottmeyer

6/11/12
Hi Kelly,
Congrats on your daughter's Wedding. We travel to the Twin Cities quite often as we are only a couple of hours away, always a good place to visit
and lots of family and friends there... I also went to a 1 day class but did not get a lot of help as to constructing the syllabus, it was more general background. I have been following the threads but am still sitting here staring at my course outline deciding how much info/detail they are really looking for. From the ones I have viewed it is quite varied, which is making it difficult to sink my teeth into. I have not gotten approval yet on my new texts either, next edition??? :)
Lisa



Faye Fontana
Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr. High School
Las Vegas, NV.

4/19/06

Hello Mrs. Riedell,
My name is Faye Fontana and I am a High School Biology and Middle School Life  Science teacher here in Las Vegas, Nevada at Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School.
 
In researching the internet for various labs/dissections, I came across your homepage.  What an awesome website you have!!!!  I wish all teachers would publish their classes, helpful links, etc. like that.  I found soooooo many useful ideas as a Science teacher. Your PowerPoint presentations are wonderful and very student-friendly.
 
I just wanted to say Kudos to you for you great lessons and thank you for sharing such great ideas and information!!!  You made one teacher's day!!!!  Thank you!!!!
 
Blessings,

2/2/15
Becky Forest      rforest@knobnoster.k12.mo.us

Ms. Riedell,
I am a chemistry teacher in Missouri.  I would like to build a web page to help my students like your Biology web page.  Can you tell me what program you used?  How you made it?
Thank you for your help.
Becky Forest
Knob Noster High School
Knob Noster, Missouri


Charles Fowler [CFOWLER@sheltonpublicschools.org]
Shelton High School

1/12/10
Goodmorning Kelly,
I teach high school biology as well and was researching some teacher websites.  I came across yours and noticed it was restricted by a login/password.  I was wondering if I could get access to your website for more information.  It would be a huge
help.  Thank you.

1/12/10
Thanks!  Will do.  I'll send you an update after I get to check  out the website.
 
9/21/12

Kelly,
I was looking on your website and came across the food lab. I printed it off and looked it over. I have a few questions.
How much food mixture/sample should be put in the test tubes?
Did you make the food mixtures/samples previously before the class?
If not, how do you make the food samples?
Each lab group is assigned just one food correct?
Thank you in advance, you have some great information on your website

Charles Fowler

9/21/12
Thanks so much.

Natalie Fox NFox@pennsbury.k12.pa.us
Pennsylvania

1/5/10

Hello Kelly,
 I absolutely love your biology website.  I am taken so many great ideas and transformed them to fix my own teaching needs.  Thank you so much for having your stuff available online.
 That being said, is there something wrong with the website?  or has it moved?
 Thank you again!
Natalie Fox

Hayley Gallion      Hayley.M.Gallion@uwsp.edu

4/26/12
Hello. I just wanted to let you know that your site is very well put together. The power points that you have made are very helpful. Your students are lucky to have such a dedicated teacher.

Thank you very much for sharing your hard work.

Thank You,

Hayley G.  

 

 

2/27/9

Ron Galloway      gallowayr@k12tn.net

Kelly,
First of all let me commend you on your fantastic web site. It is wonderful!  I have a question about the schedule at your school.  We are planning on changing from a six period to a seven period day.  Are you on a modified block schedule with different classes being taught during each semester?  Does the schedule work well for your  school?  What problems are involved?  ETC.  Any reply would be greatly appreciated

Ron Galloway

McMinn Central High School

 

 

Kaci Garrett GarrettK@MUSTANGPS.ORG
Mustang Mid-High 
Mustang, OK

2/24/10
Hi there! I just want to thank you for putting your excellent teacher resources online. I have your site bookmarked "Biology General Awesome" and I use it often. I am going to do the How Many Bears lab with my kids. In your instructions, it says that kids move around the room and roll for food tokens. I don't really understand how that works. Are there preferred numbers they roll for? Are there different stations set up where diff. types of food are available? Thanks is advance for the clarification! And thanks again for putting together such a great online resource for teachers. You rock!

2/25/10
Dear Kelly,
Thanks so much for the quick reply and tips on managing the lab. I like the original project WILD  version, but really hesitate to let my students attack the food in a free-for-all style. They're 9th graders--too many things can happen! Using the dice makes a lot of sense. Again, I can't tell you how much I think of your website, lessons, and general organization. Take care!
Thanks again,
Kaci G.

 

 

 

 

Shirine   Gholam     achrafieh2001@yahoo.com

I want to thank you so much for sharing your website.  I love it!  I taught elementary grades overseas.  When I came back to the states, I ended up teaching biology for that was what my degree was in.  It had been so long.   There were some concepts that I knew but when it came to teaching, all of a sudden I was lost.  Your work is great!  You deserve to be acknowledge and awarded.
 
Thank you for allowing me and others to use your work.
Shirine Ghoulam

Patricio Gomez   PGomez@hbgsd.k12.pa.us

5/19/12
Thank You, for the quality and dedication of your job. I’m planning to use it for my 10th grade biology class.

Jocelyn Gordon jgordon@rock-hill.k12.sc.us

7/27/10
Hello Kelly,
I have completed my first year of AP Biology and I would like to implement several changes.  How did you manage to have such awesome scores?  How many other AP courses did student's take?  Do your school have a requirement for placing students in AP courses?   I would like to thank you for such a wonderful website, because I definitely used it.  My biggest issue on last year was student motivation.  Some of my students decided to give up towards the end.  My class was blocked with Biology II Honors/AP Biology.  I started out with 28 students and ended up with 9.  I had 2 students passed one with a 4 and one with a 3.  They did not give up.  I had 3 students score a 2 and 4 students score a 1.  I have signed up for the AP Electronic Discussion Group, but I was unable to sign up for the yahoo group.  Can you send me the information for the yahoo group?  Can you also send me the old mc questions.  I am using the 8th edition Campbell and Reece textbook.  What are the Holtzclaw guides?  I was also wondering if you lecture to students a lot.  I would like to make course more hands on.  Do you give students a practice exam during the first week?  I accept any ideas or advice on developing a better course.  I would like to thank you in advance for helping me design a better course.  Kelly, please help me improve my students scores.

Thanks.
Jocelyn Gordon

7/29/10
Hello Kelly,
After reading your response, I feel much better, because I tend to worry about my students success.  I have 36 students enrolled in AP/Biology II honors and 22 students are suppose to remain in the course.  I will see students every single day.  I am worried about having such a large class with a lot of friends.  I am going to use your advice and continue to revamp my course for next year.  Have you ever use the Biozone workbooks with your students?  I will stay in touch. 

Thanks.
Jocelyn

Nichole Gordon-Coy n.gordon-coy@svlocal.org

3/1/12
Hi!  My name is Nicki Gordon-Coy at Sandy Valley High School. Jeannette Jernigan shared your website with me, and I just want to THANK YOU for your amazing work. I just wanted to share that note of praise! Do you have a twitter handle?
Have a nice weekend!
Nicki

Vanya Greene   greenev@wilkes.k12.nc.us


8/11/12
Mrs. Reidell,  I have been recently hired to teach AP Biology at a school (no AP Bio before) that has a small budget and little equipment.  I went to two workshops this summer and received a few of the Ward's Labs.  I would like to use your resources.  When modifiying them-  would modified from Kelly Reidell be sufficient.  I spent my workdays mostly in meetings and cleaning up Aquariums with water, microorganisms, fungus that a retired teacher leftl.  I read your suggestions for new AP teachers.  Mostly I feel overwhelmed with the new approach and amount of material.  I also cannot decide which sample syllabus to send in. My principal ordered Campbell 9th ed.  Of course; I have three different preps in a four period day.  Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am going day by day.  The advice of one workshop presenter was - "How do you eat an elephant? - one bite at a time"  I am not sure that I can catch the elephant.   Thank you for your great website.  Vanya Greene
Vanya M. Greene
West Wilkes High School
Millers Creek, NC 28651

 

8/12/12
Vanya
I too am going to "eat the elephant one bite at a time" this year. These changes are new for everyone even those of us who have been doing this awhile, so you are not alone. Make sure you have joined the AP Bio Teacher community. There will be many good ideas coming there about how to do this and what works (or doesn't) this year. There are great resources there from many great AP Bio teachers.


 I will be changing things up too and posting things on my website so that may help. I would say just pick the audit that fits your time frame (block, five days a week, etc) the best. I kind of took bits and pieces from the different sample audits on the College Board site and added my own stuff. I know things will change after we have all taught this through once, so I wouldn't be too worried about which to use. Use it as a starting framework and go from there.

Money for labs is a problem, but you don't have to do the specific labs as printed. If you can find an alternative that is cheaper that covers the same concepts, you can do that. 

The first year is the hardest and it will get better after that. I know it seems overwhelming, but if you have any specific questions I would be glad to try and answer them. Just ask.  
Remember it doesn't have to be "perfect" the first time through. Teach what you love and they will learn. No one can teach everything. Good luck.
Kelly

3/37/16
Mary Greaves     mary.greaves@gmail.com

Dear Kelly,
I love your lesson on Mitosis and Miesosis using yarn.  I just got asked to sub in a family emergency situation.  The teacher would like me to teach 2 days on mieosis, but left me no materials.  Would you be willing to share your worksheets/power points for the awesome lesson?  I am happy to buy it if you are  on teachers pay teachers.
Your website is an awesome resource.
Thank you,
Mary Greaves
Davis, CA

Brandi Gremaud  gremaudb@union.k12.mo.us
8/18/13
Hello! I have taught Chemistry for over a decade, but I recently switched school and am now teaching Biology I and II. The previous instructor had some of your materials in a binder, so over the weekend I checked them out online. Today, I went to show your website to another one of the biology teachers (also new!) and it requires a login and password. I’m guessing that just happened? I would greatly greatly greatly appreciate it you would allow me to access to your materials as they are awesome and very well organized! I will make it very clear to all involved that these are your product and not my own! Thank you.
 –Brandi Gremaud

12/5/13
Hello again!  I have a few questions for you.  First of all, I am still so happy to be using your slides!  I have started my own website and am posting links to your slide shows that I have been using.  How should I go about giving you credit for this?  My students and their parents know I am using your stuff, I even gave them your web address to use before I had my own site set up, but I did not know if I should put something in the slide show itself?  Second, I noticed on your calendar that you mentioned having their binder ready for the semester exam and I was hoping you elaborate on that.   This class (called Biology 2 here)is new this year and has become quite popular,  so next year I will likely have two sections (just 1 this year)!  The district is going to purchase books for me but first I have to pick one.  The original plan was to use the Biology I book, but the new edition of it does not have chapters on worms, mollusks, etc, and instead focuses on human anatomy (we already an anatomy class!).   I have been using the few copies of the old edition this semester, but it does not go into enough depth.  It is however a good start for the students to read before I teach the material.  I ordered some sample zoology texts and so far the ones that I have received go into quite a bit more detail that we do.  I was wondering if you had any advice for a text book?  Once again, thanks, you have been a life saver for me this year (I taught Chemistry for 12 years so I’m really out of my element this year!).  –Brandi Gremaud

Evangeline Gunn
Evangeline.Gunn@uhsinc.com

7/16/12
Wow!
Your site is super informative and loaded with real information to use during instructional delivery, hands-on assistance, and assessment usage.
Thank you so much for empowering your colleagues with ‘real’ instructional tools to use in the classroom.
Mrs. Gunn
New Day Academy

3/10/11
Paula Gunn [pmgunn@tampabay.rr.com]
gunnp@pcsb.org
V
ery nice respiration review.  Thank you for allowing me to use it with my Bio 1 classes



Mamta Gupta   Mamta.Gupta@microsemi.com

10/17/12

Dear Biology Teacher,
I am a grateful parent ,of a California High School student, who has stumbled upon your website.
My heartfelt thanks and kudos to you for creating and maintaining this site.
This is such a contrast to the kind of support that my son’s school provides for Biology.
The links to cool sites,games,audio book,class material ---all so generously shared.
This has become our go to site. Our escape from sketchy class instructions and even sketchier homework packets!
My son’s interest has been rekindled and he is spending quite a big chunk of his ,online, time just exploring your site.
It warms my heart to see him so excited about Biology again.
I hope your website will become a source of inspiration to teachers around us and elsewhere.
Keep up the great work, dear teachers.
I hope kids in your classes realize how lucky they are!!

Best Regards,

Mamta Gupta

 

Sarah Grant   sgrant@tvhs.k12.vt.us
11/13/17
Hi,
My name is Sarah Grant, I teach AP biology in Vermont. Last year as a new teacher to AP I stumbled onto your site that had all the past essays organized by subject- this was an amazing resource to find, thank you! It looks like you've moved it and made it only accessible by password. Is there any way I could gain access? I would be very grateful. Thanks,
Sarah Grant
Twin Valley Middle High School


11/14/17
Hi Sarah,
I was doing a little editing and cleaning up my web files. The link is back now here.

https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/protected/FRQ/FRQsBYTOPIC.html

​These are all posted on the College Board website too.
~Kelly

8/11/12
Vanya M. Greene

Mrs. Reidell,  I have been recently hired to teach AP Biology at a school (no AP Bio before) that has a small budget and little equipment.  I went to two workshops this summer and received a few of the Ward's Labs.  I would like to use your resources.  When modifiying them-  would modified from Kelly Reidell be sufficient.  I spent my workdays mostly in meetings and cleaning up Aquariums with water, microorganisms, fungus that a retired teacher leftl.  I read your suggestions for new AP teachers.  Mostly I feel overwhelmed with the new approach and amount of material.  I also cannot decide which sample syllabus to send in. My principal ordered Campbell 9th ed.  Of course; I have three different preps in a four period day.  Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am going day by day.  The advice of one workshop presenter was - "How do you eat an elephant? - one bite at a time"  I am not sure that I can catch the elephant.   Thank you for your great website.  Vanya Greene

Vanya M. Greene
West Wilkes High School
Millers Creek, NC 28651

Dear Vanya,
Modified from Kelly Riedell would be great.

I too am going to "eat the elephant one bite at a time" this year. These changes are new for everyone even those of us who have been doing this awhile, so you are not alone. Make sure you have joined the AP Bio Teacher community. There will be many good ideas coming there about how to do this and what works (or doesn't) this year. There are great resources there from many great AP Bio teachers.

 I will be changing things up too and posting things on my website so that may help. I would say just pick the audit that fits your time frame (block, five days a week, etc) the best. I kind of took bits and pieces from the different sample audits on the College Board site and added my own stuff. I know things will change after we have all taught this through once, so I wouldn't be too worried about which to use. Use it as a starting framework and go from there.

Money for labs is a problem, but you don't have to do the specific labs as printed. If you can find an alternative that is cheaper that covers the same concepts, you can do that.

The first year is the hardest and it will get better after that. I know it seems overwhelming, but if you have any specific questions I would be glad to try and answer them. Just ask. 
Remember it doesn't have to be "perfect" the first time through. Teach what you love and they will learn. No one can teach everything. Good luck.

~Kelly

Monica Gross grossm@doctorscharterschool.org
Miami, FLA

1/6/10
I am a Biology and AP Biology teacher in Miami, Florida and I was using your resourceful website last semester.  I noticed, when I returned from
winter vacation, that now the website is only accessible by logging in. Would it be possible to receive a username and password?  I would be
willing to pay a monthly or annual fee.

Monica Gross

1/6/10
Thanks so much Kelly!
I aspire to have a web page like you one day.

 

Kirby Hall khall@chacademy.org]
Miss Kirby Hall
Middle School Science Teacher

1/28/10
I came across your website while searching for activities and lessons to help my students learn about mitosis and meiosis.  It seems like the page is full of resources that you've spent time developing.  However, when I went to click on the links, none of the pages could be found.  Do you still use this website? http://kr021.k12.sd.us/review%20link.htm  If you've uploaded your materials to another location would you be willing to share those resources? 
 
Happy Teaching!

1/4/10
Mike Grossman    mgrossman@ccts.tec.nj.us

Hi,
My name is Michael Grossman and I am a science teacher in New Jersey.
I have been using your website in my biology classes and have recently
been Unable to access your site. I have found your site to be of great
assistance. Would I still be able to use your site?

Thanks,
Michael

Hi Kelly,
Thanks very much. The problem was that I never had the user name and
password name before. I had never needed it because I was able to access the site directly
without inputting That info. In any case, thanks again. Your site is an excellent
educational resource and it is obvious That you have put a great deal of time and effort into it.

-Michael

 

Bart Hamburg bhamburg@jackson.k12.ga.us
Jackson County Comprehensive High School
Georgia

1/6/10
Hi Ms. Riedell,
I was wandering why your website for Biology now requires a user name and password.  I have in the past used a few of your resources and they have work very well for me.  I would appreciate using some of those resources again. Please let me know what is up with you website.
Thanks
Bart Hamburg
Science Department

1/7/10
Thank you so much

Christine Hamel
hchris789@aol.com

10/11/11

Just wanted to say thank you! I happened upon your site accidentally tonight while searching for mitosis ideas. I am a seasoned teacher, but have recently relocated from NC to NY. I have three preps 7th, 8th and a regents Living Environment class and so I am feeling a bit swamped. That being said, your site has given me a sense of calm and many ideas. 
Sincerely,
Christine Hamel

Dan Hanson

8/29/11

I graduated from SDSU a few years back and remember meeting you at the SDSTA sometime during my last year. You had a lot of great lessons, and I remember I got a lot of excellent ideas from your portion of the workshop. I was wondering if you would allow me to login to your biology webpage to get some additional ideas for lessons. This is my first year teaching at Washington High School, and I want to integrate some new things into my classroom. You have much more experience than I do, and I am always looking for new things for my kids. I understand if you prefer to keep your resources for your students, but would appreciate anything that you'd be willing to share. Thanks again.

Dan Hanson



5/28/15
Michelle Harris 
Hi,
My name is Michelle Harris and I work at Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights NY.  My administration asked me to teach AP Biology for
the 2016-17 school year.  The current teacher and I will each have a section of the course.  I read your web page with "newbie advice".  You mentioned  a PRE MADE SAMPLE AUDIT AVAILABLE on the College Board website to get approved until I have taught this for myself and figured out what I want to do.  I can only find 4 different samples on this page: http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/courses/biology.html
Is this what you are referring too? Section 2, samples 1-4?


Also,  I have only taught regents level biology.  What resource can I use to study the content for the AP.  I feel the text is too involved.  Is there a review book or other material that I can use to learn material quickly?

Thank you for any feedback you may have.

Sincerely,
Michelle Harris

5/2/15
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly Kelly!  I ordered the book this morning from Amazon.  I'm sure I will reach out to you again because I am terrified and lost!!
Thanks again and enjoy your weekend ~
Michelle 


Scott Hauser   Hauser_Scott@asdk12.org
10/19/09
Kelly,
I am a marine biology teacher.  Would you mind if I posted some of your links on my web page?  You have some awesome curriculum on dissections.

Thanks, Scott Hauser

3/23/15

Kimberly Hawthorne    khawthorne@glynn.k12.ga.us

My name is Kim Hawthorne and I teach at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, GA. I have taught AP Biology for the past two years. The first year I taught it on a 90 minute schedule ( one semester)  and this year I am teaching it as a 45 minute class all year long. I still feel overwhelmed and do not feel like I do a good job covering the material and connecting to the Big Ideas. Do you have any recommendations or resources? I feel like I get stuck on the small stuff and at the end ( NOW) I am running around trying to shove it in and the students do not see the connections. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 Rebecca S. Heiss    rsh023@gmail.com

1/28/13
Dear Dr. Riedell,
I can’t begin to tell you how much your page has helped me in teaching my first year of AP! I really LOVE your “what you need to know” summaries but several links to various chapters seem to be broken on your page. Is there any chance you’d be willing to send me the copies for each of the chapters? Thank you so much and again, I can’t tell you how much your hard work is appreciated by us Newbies!
Best,
rebecca
 

Laura Henderson  lhenderson@insight.rr.com

4/25/10
Incredible website.  You are my idol.

10/30/9
Tricia Hennen
thennen@cambridge.k12.mn.us

Hi,  I stumbled onto your web site while searching for ideas to do with my Biology class for photosynthesis.  I have tried various experiments and have never been completely satisfied.  I Noticed that you do the Light lab and cover an aluminum can with different color gels.   My question is what exactly are the gels?  It looks like a great lab and I would really appreciate your help.Thanks in advance.
Tricia Hennen
Cambridge-Isanti High School
Cambridge MN

 

Jason Henry  JasonHenry@norton.k12.ma.us

8/5/13
Hi Kelly,
I am a fellow AP Bio teacher and am starting a Zoology course at our school this coming school year. I stumbled on your website this morning and I just wanted to thank you. It looks like you have a wonderful course and I am really enjoying looking over the content. Thank you for the great ideas this has been a tremendous help to jumpstart my curriculum design for the course. I am excited to look over your AP material as well.
Thanks again,
Jason

Tanganyika Higgins Tanganyika_Higgins@roundrockisd.org

if there is any way possible i would like to use the info that you have under your biology to be able to help out my special ed student the notes and powerpoints help them out a great deal last year please grant me access to this and thanks in advance.

Deborah Hill [dhill@norman.k12.ok.us

7/22/09 AP LISTSERVE
I will be teaching 1 section of a 1 semester zoology course - walk through the phyla: porifera thru chordata.  Anyone got a syllabus or website to share?  I have another teacher to work with but she says the course really needs work. I am so busy with AP and other stuff I really don't have alot of time to devote to this 1 section

1/24/10
Kelly -  Hi!  I am so glad I found your site.  I just got a new assignment to teach a one semester zoo class.  I did last semester on a day to day basis and it was awful - at least for me - I don't think kids cared.  But as an AP teacher I don't like being half-a--.  I would like follow along with you for a bit and I will definitely give you credit on things. My class is not a particularly high level group - no AP students. Your class is one semester right?  55 minutes?  Level of students?
Do you skip porifera?
Dissections are a struggle?  Little time, too many students in class.
Aren't you also an AP reader?  I am.  I have seen your name on the list serve also

1/26/10
I am thinking the people of South Dakota must be as friendly as the people of Oklahoma are said to be.  I had another experience with an SD'er earlier in the week.  She too was very generous.  You have really helped me alot.  I think skipping porifera and cnidaria might give me the time I need - especially for dissection but also just to give the students more time for reinforcement and me to lecture less - too much note taking.  There are more than 9 phylum afterall so what difference will it ever make to them whether they are experts on a few less.  My class makeup and situation is almost identical.  Hope to meet you one day and again thanks for your help.  If I develop something I think you can use I will reciprocate. 

 
2/22/12
Kelli -- thank you so much for sharing your resources from your

amazing website.  It saved my life in my Zoology course.    Do you
have a paypal site or something where I could contribute some funds of
thanks to you?   You deserve something for your amazing work.
-- 
Deborah A Hill, NBCT
AP Biology/CP Biology/Zoology

 

2/26/13 
Hi Kelly -- Hope you are well.  Hope you are surviving the new AP redesign.  I like it but sure get lost in the woods sometimes.  :)  
I have a zoology question.  I use an old HRW Modern Biology book.  I have the study guide but don't have the answer key.  Do you have it?  If you do would you mind faxing me the answer key to Chapters 14-18  and Chapters 34-45?  I know how busy you are but I am tired of thinking of answers.  Getting old and lazy.   
Deborah A Hill, NBCT
AP Biology/CP Biology/Zoology
Norman High School

 

Marcus Hill mhill@pylusd.org
Yorba Linda H. S
Yorba Linda, CA

1/12/10Thank you! You have just put a big smile on my face. I hope I will have the pleasure of returning the favor some day

1/12/10 Dear Ms. Riedell,
My name is Marcus Hill and I am the science department chairman at a small new school in Yorba Linda, CA. I have taught physics most of my teaching career, however, because we have only 9th and 10th graders this year, I am now teaching biology. It has been a difficult transition for me, but your web site as really been helpful and I have used it as a valuable resource for my lesson planning. Recently, I have tried to access your web site and found that I need a password to enter it. I am willing to follow any requirements/restrictions that you set for my ability to access your wonderful site.

Traci Hoffman tmcbee2@yahoo.com
1/21/11
Hi I wanted to thank you for your wonderful site! This is my 1st year teaching AP and you have been a life saver! I really like your water lab with all the stations, but I was wondering if you have some teacher notes for this lab. I'm a little confused about how to set up all the stations.
Thanks,

Traci Hoffman




Jennifer Holden jholden@capital.k12.de.us

3/9/10
Hi.  I am a new AP Bio teacher this year and just stumbled on your links.  I recognize a lot of these but I so appreciate you putting this together in one place.  Thanks for spending the time. 

 

Cheryl Hollinger chollinger@cysd.k12.pa.us
Central York High School
601 Mundis Mill Road
York, PA 17406

3/4/10
Hello Kelly! Thank you for putting so many resources together on one page and also for sharing it on the list serve. I added your page to my personal delicious page. I have provided the link if you would like to access my page. While it is not a teacher web page, it does have several hundred
bookmarks that you might find useful for many different topics.

http://delicious.com/chollinger79

Regards,
Cheryl

1/13/11
Kelly,
Thank you for sharing your resources. I love Greg Crowther's science
songs. Nothing is more fun than playing "Glucose, Glucose" on the day
I introduce my students to cellular respiration!

Regards,
Cheryl Hollinger

6/25/11
Thanks Kelly! This is valuable information. I can share this with people in my AP Institutes next week. I also want to thank you for all your contributions to the list serve. I really appreciate them.

Regards,
Cheryl Hollinger

2010 Kim Foglia Service Awardee

RON HOLTZ

9/14/10

Dear Kelly,
Thank you for your tremendous resources.  I was wondering if you have a copy / procedure for your planaria experiment?  I am looking to incorporate something like this into my AP curriculum this spring and would appreciate any resources you can offer.
Thank you for your time.
Regards,
Ron Holtz

 

Sally Howe howes@nclack.k12.or.us
Clackamas High School

Hi
I am a teacher in Oregon.  I would like to use the lizard lab, but did  
not see the "provided" DNA sequences that are needed for part 4 day  
2.  Have  I missed something?
If you could direct me to where they are or how you do the activity I  
would appreciate it.
Thanks

Sally Howe
Clackamas HIgh School

10/25/10

Hi Kelley,
I am a bio teacher at Clackamas HS in Clackamas, OR. I came across your site from searching the web and seeing materials credited to you. I would love to look at what you have posted for your bio course. Would you be willing to share a login and password? I tried the biology/ bhs from last year and it would not work.
Thanks
Sally Howe
Science Instructor
Clackamas High School

Amy Hubbard  ahubbard@bonnyeagle.org

12/14/12
I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your website and inserted the web address to give you and your colleagues proper credit.
Thanks much for your efforts.
 
Amy Hubbard
Biology Teacher
Science Department Leader
Bonny Eagle High School

Tandee Hughes [hughest@wcisd.net]
Wolfe City ISD Texas

7/23/08  
Mrs. Riedell: I'm a new teacher at Wolfe City ISD (Texas), and I love your website!! I'm looking for something to get my students up and out of their seats and I noticed on your syabullas that you have something called White boards and stand up sit down white board game.  I was wondering what exactly that is.  Thank you for your help!!

8/19/08 
Kelly: Thanks so much for your help first off! I went to Home Depot right away and got them to make me some white boards! :) I watched the powerpoint of "How to Be an Effective Teacher" by Harry Wong and he said, if your not stealing your not a real teacher! I'm not stealing, but I have many questions.  Texas teachers went back to school this week and when I got back to school, someone had stolen my laptop that the school had issued me. I had everything dowloaded on there, including some of ya'lls powerpoints, and also all of the ones that I had made, along with my tests, quizzes, worksheets, ect. I remembered your address to your biology webpage but for some odd reason I can't get the page up. It says that it is no longer available.  Is there a reason?  Also, do you teach Anatomy or health?  I'm looking for some cool hands on projects for both of those.  Thanks so much! And have a great year!! :)

10/2/08
Kelly:
Hi! I'm looking for a great osmosis/diffusion lab to do. Do you have a lab
that requires a pre lab or questions by any chance? Thanks! :)

Mrs. Tandee Hughes
Wolfe City ISD

10/3/08

WOW! The lab that has the eggs seems really interesting. Is that one on your website?

12/31/09  
Kelly: You're son will love College Station! I went to Texas Tech in Lubbock and loved it :)
I did get onto the website, thank you! We also have the Prentice Hall book, so I love your website! The videos, I use from my password on my book as well! I understand how you have to have the password so that you don't get in trouble or Prentice Hall, but I always give ya'll credit! Please tell the other teachers that I really like all the hard work that they did. Thank you and the white boards are great! :)

1/5/09

Kelly:
Hi this is Tandee Hughes from WC. I printed off the Classification of Living Things (Ch. 18) and I forgot to save the power point. Now I can't save it
and I'm about to teach this chapter coming up. Do you mind emailing me the 18-1 and 18-3 powerpoints? I have the notes just not the power point itself.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Mrs. Tandee Hughes
Wolfe City ISD

1/5/09
Kelly
I got them to work! :) Whew, you're a life saver!! I'm neither an Aggie fan nor a Longhorn fan!! I graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock!! Wreck Em TECH!!! :)
Have a great week!!!
Tandee

Mercedes S. Humphries   MSHumphries@clevelandcountyschools.org

Hello,
After a 4 year break, I will be teaching APB this fall.  I will borrow the 7th edition of Campbell from a school in my county.  The other teacher used Biology Concepts and Connections, 4th edition - of course this will not work now.  I was searching for help with the 7th edition, and found your site.  Have you started your new syllabus?  Do you have any ideas that may help me get started? Thank you so much.
Mercedes Humphries, MT(ASCP), MSA
National Board Certified Teacher, AYA/Science
Kings Mountain High School

Hi Mercedes,
I willl be attending an AP Bio summer institute this week and am currently working on my new audit. I will add things to my webpage as I get them figured out. 
A good place to start is the AP Bio Teacher Community from AP Central. 

Lots of discussion and ideas and help!
https://apcommunity.collegeboard.org

If you have not yet signed up, you will need your AP Central college board login to get in.
There is also a wiki for posting examples of test questions (especially the new bubble in kind.)
If you want to be a part of the wiki you have to go to:  http://apbioassessment.wikispaces.com/
If you aren't a member of the wiki spaces at all you'll have to register, then click on join at the top of the page. You have to tell Robin Groch you are a teacher and where and what you teach (she will accept you as a member). 
The NY Times also published some sample ?'s   http://documents.nytimes.com/sample-questions-ap-biology
Also check out David Knuffke and Mary Wuerth's websites
http://dpapbio.wikispaces.com/AP+Biology+Poster+Board
http://wuerthapbiology.wikispaces.com/
Good luck
~Kelly

Stephen Hunsberger [stephen.hunsberger@rivervalleyhigh.org

1/5/09
Hello there,
My name is Stephen Hunsberger, and I'm a biology/physics teacher in San Diego, CA.  While searching through the internet for resource materials,I stumbled across the following webpage:http://www.brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/respiration.htm
What a resource!  I'm wondering if there is a way for me to gain access to the other pages on your site.  If you know or could forward me on to someone else that could help me I'd sure appreciate it.
Thanks in advance,
Steve

Donna J. Igo dachsrock@windstream.net
Pell City Schools
Pell City, Alabama

1/18/10
Good Morning!
I was on the net searching for some ideas for teaching my class genetics/DNA/RNA etc and ran across your website!  Your site is great!! Thank you for having the worksheets etc!! I really wanted to view your reviews and jeopardy reviews..but when I click on them they do not work. Is there another site that has these?  If able to view them and use them, of course I would make sure it is your credit and that I am "borrowing" them!!

1/29/10
Thank you so much!!  Your site is just awesome!!!

Catherine Janssen [Catherine.Janssen@Cabarrus.k12.nc.us

8/5/13
Dear Kelly

I was poking around online when I found your website for new AP Biology teachers and I just want to say that I am so thankful for teachers like you, who are so willing to share resources. Our AP Bio teacher has quit her job two weeks before the new year and they've asked me to take her position. I have been teaching Biology for five years now, and I understood that this would certainly be a challenge, but I think I might be in over my head. Since I was only told about it a few days ago and I've missed all of the summer workshops, all of my resources are pretty much online. I've have already gone through your website and as I said before I am very thankful for everything you'd already provided me. Now I'm working hard to come up with some kind of schedule/calendar so I can prepare myself for labs! I did notice that you mentioned something about old AP Biology tests and I was curious to know more. Any help you can provide would be appreciated!

Thanks again for everything,
Catherine Janssen

Alicja Jasinska [AJasinska@lbschools.net
Jordan High School
Long Beach CA

2/21/9

Hello
I have to say WOW I am truly amazed at the work that you put in!! I absolutely enjoy looking through all the worksheets and the powerpoints are FABULOUS !!!!!!!!! Thank you for allowing teachers like me to access such wonderful information . I am constantly looking for new ways to make the content understandable and enjoyable at the same time. Again thank you!!
 
Sincerely
Alicja Jasinska
Jordan High School, Long Beach CA.

3/18/09
Hello
I am a biology teacher and after viewing the lizard lab I thought is was great. Could you please let me know if there is an answer key developed to it?? I had some difficulty with the comparison of DNA
differences. Thank you I really appreciate it!
Sincerely
Alicja

3/18/09
Hello again
is there an easier way to design the cladograms ? Are there other versions of them?
Alicja

3/18/09
Dear Kelly
I can't thank you enough for being so helpful and willing to take time to help out!! I also found a good lab on biology corner called Peppered moth simulation. If your interested I can send you it, then again from
your fabulous website and all the work you put in to creating it I'm sure you know about that website. Again thank you. I will continue to visit your site !!
Take care
Alicja

3/19/09
Dear Kelly
I cant thank you enough for being so helpful and willing to take time to help out!! I also found a good lab on biology corner called Peppered
moth simulation. If your interested I can send you it, then again from your fabulous website and all the work you put in to creating it I'm
sure you know about that website. Again thank you. I will continue to visit your site !!
Take care
Alicja

3/19/09
Dear Kelly
Thank you very much for finding the time in your busy schedule to email me! I will look over the lab and all the details you mentioned. As for the natural selection lab (the one with the beads), are there directions to it? There is only the data sheet with some questions. Thank you again. Have a good day.
Alicja

1/29/10
Good morning
I'm interested in the labs on meiosis; meiosis simulation and crossing over. Do you have the answers to them? I would greatly appreciate it because these concepts are difficult to understand. thank you
Alicja

1/31/10
Thank you Kelly
Again I appreciate it that you take the time to respond to and help teachers outside your school. I reviewed the meiosis lab with the clay and think it will include lots of information (e.g. alleles, independent assortment, fertilization ) that can be covered since this school year is flying by and there is such short amount of time to finish everything. Anyhow, thank you again. Oh, I'm not sure if you incorporate case studies into your lessons but if your interested I have a fantastic link . Take care.
Alicja J.

8/30/10

Hi Kelly
I recently found a meiosis lab in which students manipulate colored clay and create an imaginary character (see attached lab)I wanted to know if you have ever done the meiosis simulation lab with your class and if so do you have an answer key to it? I appreciate your help
Thank you
Alicja Jasinska

Sent her link to Reebops & yarn meiosis

9/5/10
Dear Kelly
thank you so very much! I'll look into this!
Alicja

1/25/11

Dear Kelly
I've spoken to you via email before , when I was still teaching only biology. This year is my first time teaching AP BIO. The end of the first semester is coming soon and I wanted to know if you give any semester test. If so could you give me ideas what to include? I would greatly appreciate it!
Alicja

2/24/11

Hi Kelly
I wanted to know if you have the answers to the large parade review (34 questions )for the diversity of organisms chapters ??Thank you very very much in advance!!!
Ali
cja

2/24/11
I have the Kim Foglia one . The one I would like a key to is attached

2/25/11
HUUUGGGEEE THANKS !!!!! Have a good weekend
Alicja

4/22/11
Hi Kelly
As a first year AP bio teacher I wanted to ask you if you have any suggestions as to what helps students best/strategies before the test. I will be spending my spring break tutoring them. On the agenda will be lots of practice test/essay questions . I've also given them assignments at home.
I would greatly appreciate any ideas!! thank you
Alicja

4/28/11
Hello Kelly
thank you for your email and suggestions. We currently have spring break and I created a folder for each student with info. on what they need to complete before the exam . Thank you again for the link and much help , I always appreciate it!!!
I saw the news of all the tornados and horrific weather out east , so I hope your not affected by any of it!!
Alicja

Jeannette Jernigan j.jernigan@svlocal.org

1/6/12
Hi! My name is Jeannette Jernigan. I am a science teacher in Ohio. I just wanted to tell you that I love your website. I teach zoology and I found your site for that class. I am sure you have put a lot of work into completing this site. Thank you. Also, I have been using a back door to get to your biology stuff. I go to your AP Biology and then log into the stuff you should know link. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that you have saved me a lot headaches and time. Thank you very much.

 Jeannette Jernigan at Sandy Valley.

12/5/11
HUEY JOHNSON  
Huey Johnson   hljohnson965@hotmail.com

Your science class website is one of the best that I have ever seen. I have developing “or trying to”, a class website as you guys have for the benefit and learning of my students.  I am not very computer savy so its been a challenge and far from complete but I love the idea of having a “one stop”  and other resources, ppts, labs,quizzes, lecture notes available for the student.  You guys have did a great job and service for your kids.  I teach in the Dodds school system in Germany for the children of our armed forces.
Respectfully,
Huey L. Johnson

Julie Johnson
jjohnson@mths.us

3/12/14
Mrs. Riedell,
My name is Julie Johnson and I teach biology at a high school in Illinois.  I found your webpage last year and have found it to be a great resource for my senior level biology II course.  I am currently considering adding an AP Biology course to our school's curriculum.  I have looked at your AP Biology website and have found it to be another excellent resource.  I wanted to know a little more about your timeline for the class.  Do you have a syllabus that maps out how long you take to cover each unit?  I also wanted to know how long your classes were.  We currently have an 8 hour schedule with each class period lasting 45 minutes.  I believe it would be challenging to A) complete all of the necessary course work and B) get in all of the necessary lab time.  I noticed you help solve the problem by having your students spend a little extra time during their lunch period.  I may be able to something similar at the end of the day.  Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks for your time and consideration.  Have a great day!
Sincerely,
Julie Johnson



Katie Jones JonesK@parkhill.k12.mo.us
Park Hill South Science Department
Riverside, MO 64150

10/29/9

I just wanted to tell you that this is hands down the best biology resource I have seen on the web! Nice job and thank you so much!
Katie Jones

3/17/10
Hi, I had e-mailed you earlier in the year to compliment your website. You let me know a couple of months later that your site had moved, but I do not know where that e-mail went.  The place I am able to get to is the photosynthesis page which is: http://local.brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/photosynthesis.htm. If I delete the last part and just stop at biology, it leads me to a login box. Do you prefer to keep this open to your students only, or is there a way other teachers can continue to enjoy and use your site? I really liked the games and reviews, but can’t find a way to get to the main topics page anymore. Any information would be great! Thanks,

3/17/10
OK, I did some more exploring and was able to figure out where the games went. Thanks again for the wonderful site!!!! I can’t imagine all the work you did.

3/18
Thanks. You are awesome!

Ronni Julien ronnilj@gmail.com

8/24/10

Kelly, thank you so much! How did you know how helpful this would be to me? I can't imagine being on more than one teacher group/listserve...I can hardly keep up with this one! Thanks again. Ronni :)

8/25/10
Thank you, Kelly, for the clarification!!! You have a good year, too...Ronni


Dean Kandt dkandt@livoniapublicschools.org
Franklin High School
Livonia Public Schools

1/5/10
I teach biology out of the Miller and Levine book as well and back in September I stumbled over your website.  Needless to say, I've found your materials invaluable.  With downsizing and budget constraints I find myself with 6 new preps over the last three years.  As you could imagine building my "folder" with useful materials from scratch is a challenge. To do an effective job in a limited amount of time I seek out all sources. Yours is by far the best.  Unfortunately for me the URL no longer works and appears to be now user name and password protected.  If you can't help me I understand - that is your hard work.  However, I'm hoping you can help me.
Sincerely,
Dean Kandt 

1/5/10
Kelly,
Thanks a ton!
-Dean

Nicole Karges   nkarges@lw210.org

8/12/12

Hello,

I am a new AP biology teacher and a collegue of mine suggested your website for resources. I like a lot of the stuff that you have, but I have a question is there a place where you post labs, I found the water lab on the calendar, but no where else, just wasn't sure if I was missing something? Also I was given some print outs from your website and I think that this one that I have is from you, it is title the scientific method lab and it is about vertebrate bloood, data is given and they have to graph. I have a hard copy , but once again I could not locate it on your site, just wondering if there is a link I am not seeing. Thanks for your help.
Nicole Karges
North Science
Biology & AP Biology

10/6/13

Hello,
I am a new AP Biology teacher and I visit  your website often for ideas and I see that you have students do a cell communication project, just wondering what that project consists of? Thanks.
Nicole Karges
North Science

 

Sheldon Karp
skarp@fsahigh.org

12/3/13
Dear Kelly Riedell,
My name is Sheldon Karp and I teach both Biology and Honors Biology at a charter school in Atlanta, GA. I “stumbled” across your website and it looks great! I  want to see if I might be able to logon to your website as a student. Also, as this is the giving season, can I beg, borrow, and steal any and all lesson plans, labs, demonstrations, quizzes, and tests? I can send you a flash drive. Please let me know.
Thanks!
Sheldon Karp
Fulton Science Academy High School
Science Teacher


 12/5/13

Kelly,
I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to use all of your resources. They are great!
Sincerely,
Sheldon Karp
Fulton Science Academy High School
Science Teacher

 

 

PATRICIA KELSCHENBACH [pkbny@yahoo.com

5/17/08
thanks, your powerpoints of dissections are great!  As a supplement to our dissections they will be a big help to show the kids more clearly what we're looking at.  We'll be using them with primary students to learn what's inside animals. Your site is the best I've found. Thanks again, I hope your students appreciate the clear, thorough and organized  manner you provide for their learning.
pkbny
~Buffalo, NY


4/21/12
Brandi Kennard       bkennard@miamisburg.k12.oh.us
Hello,  I also teach zoology to 10-12 graders.  I love your resources!  I just wondered if you ever give any sort of "note" material or if you just introduce relative information as you do labs and activities.  I noticed you assigned different readings for each chapter.  What is your method of presenting new material
Thanks!
Brandi Kennard


Lynda Kiesler
lkiesler@albertlea.k12.mn.us
3/2/11

Hi there…
I’m a member of the AP Biology list-serve which is where I obtained your email and knowledge that you teach a zoology course. I teach one as well and have the opportunity to purchase materials (books, curriculum, programs) for the first time. ( I’ve gone without for the last ten years.) Can you recommend any materials that you use/like that I may not be aware of? What book do you use? Etc…
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a bunch
Lynda Kiesler
Albert Lea High School
Albert Lea, MN

3/2/14
Thanks for taking time to reply.  I've been teaching this for about 11 years.  Sounds like we have a lot in common. 
I'm doing the same as you (using the old Owl Modern Bio Book as my text.) 
I know there really isn't a "high school" zoology book.  I've done fine
without, but I just wanted to ask around in case there's something I'm
missing out on. 

Thanks again and best wishes to you!
Lynda

9/11/2012
HI Kelly,

My name is Jodi Klemme and I am teaching AP Bio for the first time this year at an International School in Saudi Arabia. I taught IB bio so I am not totaly lost. First off THANK YOU for having your website!!! AMAZING!!!! Second how to you scale your students grades to reflect the AP score? And where can I go to get ideas of what is going to be on the AP exam for the written part? I am going to give my students their first exam next week and I want to give an essay, but I don't know where to get the practice questions. The test bank from the text book doesn't included written.

Thanks
Jodi

Oh and I am originally from South Dakota!! My dad and sister live in Sioux Falls but I grew up close to Vermillion. It warms my heart to see a teacher from SD online and being awesome!!
10/10/12
Hi Kelly,
I hope your Q1 is going well. I have a couple more questions for you.
1. How do I adapt a syllabus for the audit this year. My coordinator isn't giving me any help and so I don't know how to go about adapting a syllabus just for this year while I try and figure out the AP curriculum.
2. The Grid In questions on the exam. How many points are they worth?
3. What statistics do you teach in class. Reading tons of posts on the list serve and teacher webistes....I am under the impression that we need more stats. But with not being able to use a TI calculator on the exam it has to be very simple....so I am just asking to make sure I don't give to much or too little on the stats part.
Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy day to help this poor girl :)
Cheers
Jodi


2/2/13
Jodi Klemme  jlklemme@gmail.com
Hi Kelly,
Hope you are keeping warm there in SD! I am looking at your Hardy Weinberg practice questions and I was wondering if you could send me
the answer key? I am working through them myself and I just want to make sure that I am doing it correctly since this is the first time I
am teaching it.

Also do you have any examples of multiple choice questions from past exams? I wish College board would publish those as well so I have an
idea of what type of questions. I have just been using Campbell's test bank questions. Are these questions ok or are the test questions
more general? I just want to make sure that I am preparing my students for May.

One last question: I am planning for my next unit over Physiology....and I am very overwhelmed with this unit..... looking
at the textbook guide on what is going to be covered in the exams certain chapters are left off or are just covered in parts. Is it
best to still cover the entire lets say Cardio chapter but highlight the connections to say hormones/body regulation ?? I don't want to
under prepare them but yet I don't want to spend time over material
that will not be covered on the exam.
Thanks once again for your help and enjoy your weekend!!
Cheers!
Jodi Klemme

10/10/13


Kurt Klingelhutz klingelhutzk@district112.org
Chanhassen High School

9/4/09
Hi Kelly,
My name is Kurt Klingelhutz and I will be teaching a Zoology course starting on Tuesday.  I found your website last night and am amazed by all the resources that you have created.  I am sure I will be referring to your website often over the next year.  My question to you is what textbook do you use in your class?  The old Zoology teacher used an upper division college text to teach the course and I am concerned that it is far too difficult for most of the students to understand.  The kids who are taking this course will only of had one semester of biology or honors biology.  My district ordered 60 of the college level textbook which I am considering returning if I can find a more appropriate high school zoology or biology textbook.  Please let me know what you think of your textbook or if you know of any other textbooks that might be appropriate for juniors in high school.
Thanks,
Kurt Klingelhutz

9/15/09
Hi Kelly,
I am using your calendar to guide my planning of the Zoology course you teach.  I am finding your powerpoints and handouts to be very useful.  I am very lucky to have found your site.  I was wondering if there would be any way to get copies of the tests you use in the course.  Frankly, I am struggling to keep my head above water and if I had a copy of the tests I might be better able to prepare myself and the students for what is to come.  If you are uncomfortable with this I understand, but I thought I would ask to see if it was at least a possibility.  Thanks for your consideration.
Kurt Klingelhutz
Science Teacher

 

Elizabeth Knight [elizabeth.knight@rankinschools.org

5/6/08
Dear Kelly,
I came across your web page while searching for textbook resources.  I have just found out I will be teaching biology I in our school next year
and we use the Miller and Levine textbook.  Our only biology I teacher is leaving so I will be on my own. I noticed your resources on your webpage and I was curious as to how you structured your biology class (lecture, labs, activities, etc).  Our state has a state biology I test and because of this, I know the current teacher has not done a lot of labs and has done mostly lecturing to prepare for the test.  I really like incorporating labs into my other classes so I would like to do that in Biology I as well. If you don't mind just giving me a rundown of your typical day and how you would teach a typical unit/chapter, I would really appreciate it. I am always open to and looking for new ideas!
Thanks so much,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Knight
Richland High School

David Knuffke      knuffke.d@deerparkschools.org;

4/9/13
Hi David,

 I was cruising on your webpage and noticed the 2012 Water lab you had posted was actually mine. I used a few things from Cheryl Massengale and from some things I did for the online AP BIO class I teach (Learning Power) but the majority of the lab is mine. Don't mind if you post it, but would appreciate a credit post. Thanks.
~Kelly

4/9/13
Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Kelly.  It should be "appreciated", it should be "expected" that you get credit for your work.  It's rare that I would miss one, but somehow that one slipped by.  I think my colleague probably found it, and I put it up just to have it somewhere where students could access, but never thought about it's provenance.  Anyway, It's fixed.  Additionally, once I get to a computer that has acrobat pro on it, I will edit the document footer so that wherever it goes from here, it will say as much on each page as well.
One thing I've learned, is that a footer on everything is best.
Thanks again.

4/9/13
Hi David,

I fixed it on mine in case someone else wants to "borrow" it. Here you go. THANKS! I appreciate all you do for the AP Community. Thanks for sharing your links with all of us.
Best wishes,
Kelly

 

 

From: Kevin Koppelmann     kkoppelmann@mariesr2.org

October 29, 2012
To: Riedell, Kelly
Subject: I really like your site and plan to barrow some of your ideas
I'm curious what book you use for your zoology class
Kevin Koppelmann
High School Biology

 

2/20/10
David Kommer  dkommor@gmail.com

Wow. Thanks for the vast amount of information. I'm certain that I will be using many of these resources.
Thanks again,
David Kommor
WC Mepham HS
Bellmore NY 11710

JoAnn Kovatch     JoAnn.Kovatch@ssdcougars.org  Springfield High School

9/7/18
I am a first year AP Biology teacher and am feeling overwhelmed at this point. I have been college prep Bio teacher for 26 years and was given this assignment at the last minute. The teacher that it was taken away from was very bitter and shared 
NOTHING with me. Not a single paper! It is a sad situation. She is very bitter and won’t even speak with me or the other teachers that have gotten her other elective courses. Anyway, I came across your website and loved many of the things you had done. I even have the newbie advice page printed and I carry it everywhere. I did ask for and get a mentor but I have emailed him several times and haven’t heard back. I was wondering if you’d be will to assist me in any way—lesson plans, unit plans, access, tests J, mentoring anything! I am creating the course from absolute scratch. I work on learning the material, going through every resource daily from 4pm to 9:30pm—taking a break to eat. I told my hubby that I’d see him in June! I need to find a better balance or I won’t be of any value to anyone!
 
Thanks for reading and educating the students!
Jo Ann
 
9/7/18
Hi Joann,
Sorry that teacher left you with out any resources.  I would be glad to help if I can.  If you found the teacher help page you should have access to my webpage. 
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/Default.htm


Look in the Current Chapter or Other units tab. This will take you to the individual unit pages. There are links to everything that goes with the unit... slide shows, activities, videos, reviews, etc.
along with a homework calendar for how things are organized.

I retired in May, but my tech guys are keeping my website up because a lot of teachers are using it.
So the days on the homework calendar will be a little off (It's last year's calendar but you can see what I did and  the links should still work. Let me know if you find any that don't.
I know it seems overwhelming at the beginning. Just remember no one ever covers it all. Teach what you love and share your love of Biology with students.

I would be glad to answer any questions you have if I can. Look over the webpages and email me back.
Good luck.
~Kelly


9/8/18
Hi Kelly,
Thank you so much for getting back to me. I really appreciate it! Your page is AWESOME! I will be on it all weekend. Thank you so much for giving back to the world of education.

Congrats on your retirement!! You left a huge hole in the hearts of SD students. Your passion is evident by your website. I got the AP position due to my passion for teaching as well. Its just overwhelming when I have little to go by. I have read 100's of resources for just the first unit to get the best for the kids. Coupled with the fact that the last time I had a real Bio course was 29 years ago makes the journey have quite a learning curve! I told my hubby that I'd see him in June!
Do you have a test you could send me on Biochem? I'd like to see the format and content. If not, I understand. I do have the test generator software that comes with Biology in Focus, AP, 2nd edition. 
Thanks for the words of encouragement and the reminder that I can't do it all.
Enjoy your new journey,
Jo Ann


9/8/18
Hi JoAnn,
Do you have an audit approved by the College Board? If your school is going to call the class AP Biology and put a credit for that on a student's transcript, you need an approved course audit.  Once you have an approved audit then you will have access to SECURE released multiple choice exams on the College Board website.  They have released an exam every year since the revamp in 2013.  To download these you have to sign in saying you won't post these anywhere, share them, or let them leave your classroom or you can be denied access to College Board resources so I can't share my exams. Sorry. 

But here is how i make my tests:
The multiple choice questions that come with the book seem much more fact based and often too picky about details and  the style is different from the actual AP Bio exam which is more application and connection type questions. I figure kids need to "practice like they will have to play." but they are more comfortable with "give back fact" type ?'s so I include some of those and then some more application/thinking/make connection questions so they get a feel for the type of questions too.

When I make a test I just pick some fact type questions from old Pre-2013 AP Bio exams (These I could send you if you want) and some questions from different secured multiple choice tests that go with the unit topics. Plus usually a couple of grid in/short answer questions.  
 
On the AP Exam they need to answer 63 multiple choice/6 grid in questions in 90 minutes (~1.3 min/question) for a 50 min  class that's about 38-40 questions if they go over a little into passing time.  I let them use their BILL notebooks for the last 10 min on a unit test. It probably doesn't change their grade much. If they didn't study, they aren't going to find all the answers they don't know in that amount of time, but they think it helps and makes them put more "stuff " in their notebooks.

All essays (FRQ's) are posted on the College Board website that anyone can access. I also give one or two FRQ's for each chapter.

Kelly

9/9/18
Hi Kelly,
Of course it is an Audit year for our school! It is something that I am working on. I guess I should get on that ASAP. Is the audit still good from the years past? Is that something that the former AP teacher could and should've shared with me? 

The information you sent was very helpful. I wasn't feeling the book questions. I just want to do right by the kids! I did a summer AP workshop and it focused mainly on labs. It was a great experience. I'm coming out of a Bio program that abolished lab--can you believe it!--to have more time on task for a state test. I fought tooth and nail but I was denied. I'm glad to have that behind me. Now I have those kids in an AP course with lots of lab skills to learn. But I am a very optimistic and upbeat person!

Thanks for reaching out. Makes me feel so much better!
Jo Ann

 

Tiffany Kroeger
Montrose School Dist

12/1/09

Mrs. Riedell,
 I wanted to thank you for your amazing website.  I am a new teacher in my first year and I am constantly looking for good ideas to try to get the students to understand and own the material.  I love the ideas you have gathered and I have used many of them in my classroom so far and they have worked well.  I was wondering if you had a good idea for a mitosis lab?  The ones in my book do not seem to work well and I have a kit for a mitosis lab that the students are not able to see the different stages.  Any suggestions? 
 Thank you again for the awesome website.  It really has helped me in many a pinch.
 
Mrs. Tiffany Kroeger
2/23/10
I was wondering if you could send me the Act out RNA processing and Act out Transcription and Translation that is under the Teacher Links on your website.  I cannot seem to get the links to work. 
 
Thank you,
Tiffany Kroeger
Montrose School District

Xan Kucejko  Xan.Kucejko@lcsk12.org

2/12/11
I  think your website is AWESOME!!!
I recently found out that I will be teaching Zoology next year. I teach grades 9-12. I am really excited to see that you have some neat resources on your website. If you don't mind me using them, I will be more than happy to reference your name on everything! Thanks for your time and effort.

Carrie Kunkle kunklec@bas-k12.org

1/17/13
Hi Kelly,
I just wanted to thank you for providing such a comprehensive webpage for APBIO.  I am teaching it for the second year and stumbled upon your website earlier this year.  It has been so helpful  and I am grateful that you are willing to provide a place for teachers/students to find resources. 
I was wondering if you have any other teacher resources that you can’t put on the website for students.  Would you be willing to share those?  For example, answer keys to specific labs, or guided readings, PowerPoint presentations that could be shared.  I am still building my program and came into teaching this with really no support or help since I was the third AP teacher in three years.   If you would be willing to share, please let me know.  I will provide a link to my school website where you can verify that I am indeed a teacher.   Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. 
Sincerely,
Carrie Kunkle
Belding Area Schools
Belding, MI 

Dekey Lama peacedekey@gmail.com   dplama@cps.edu
Daniel Hale Williams Preparatory School of Medicine

8/15/12

Hello Kelly,
I am a new AP Bio teacher and found your website. I would like to thank you so much for posting the resources and valuable information. I was so overwhelmed and feeling much better now. Could you be able to send me a copy/copies of previous year AP exams that you use in your chapter tests/ unit exams? I do not know where to look for the test questions broken down into individual units. Thanks so much!!!
Good luck with your school!

Thanks

Trisha Lana     tlana@dentonisd.org

2/3/12
You and your team have done a wonderful job of making science fun and understandable for those with difficulty reading and comprehending (for anybody really.) Just wanted to say thank you for sharing!
Trisha Lana
Sparks Campus
Denton, Texas

11/13/9

Jeannie Lanio

By the way AWESOME SITE!!!!!
How do you play the Photosynthesis musical chairs:  Do you actually play music, how do they get to know where to sit.  Can you tell me the set up and how you used it.
Also the card games again how do you set it up.
Love IT
Thank you,
Mrs. Lanio
North Gwinnett High School

2/9/9
Verna Lang  verna.lang@cmcss.ne
t





I will not only be willing to credit you for all the resources you put on
your site, but am blowing you a big electronic kiss of thanks for all your
hard work!


Verna Lang, PhD
Kenwood High School
Clarksville, TN  37042

 

8/13/13

Leanna       lily0270@yahoo.com

Hello.  I am a biology teacher and have attended a cellular biology workshop over the summer.  I wasa discussing with my fellow teachers that I would like to create a system of outline style notes that I think would be more effective for the students....and one of them mentioned that you have an excellent system for your students.  She passed on your website so I could check them out.  However, the site requires a password for viewing.  I am not sure if you allow viewing or not so I was wondering if I might have permission to view your site?  Thank you

Michel Lanoue
Integrated Physical Science and Biology Teacher
Northern Burlington County Regional High School
160 Mansfield Road East
Columbus, NJ 08022
alanoue@nburlington.com

2/1/08
I am not able to access everything including the "biology home site".  I found the site once doing a search for a particular lesson and got this page: http://brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/intro.htm  I don't think it even has the link you are referring to with the "videos from slideshows".
 I have no problem giving credit where credit is due and appreciate the resources tremendously.  Is there a particular way I should cite them?

2/2/08
Good morning,
I teach science in NJ and came across your website a while back and find your powerpoints and activities very useful in my class.  I also like your help for teachers in doing our own sites, as I have been working on one. This is my first full year teaching Biology and it has really helped using your site.
A few of the powerpoints including the "A little Chemistry"  have action buttons for videos, but for some reason these are not working.  I have had one work at the beginning of the year, so I'm not sure why it is not working for this one.  Where do you get the videos that you insert?  Is there a particular reason it may not be working for me?
Thanks for all your help,

Devon Lee devonlee3@gmail.com

6/28/13
Dear Mrs. Riedell,
I have taught biology for years------and have taught AP Biology as well as AP Environmental science in the past (2006 last time for AP Biol) and (2009 last time for APES). I shall be teaching AP Biology next year here in San Antonio TX. This summer I took the AP Biology Summer Institute, and I am ready to get started on the new course. One of the participants in my class, told me about your website, and I was wondering if I may use some of your materials? Additionally, I was wondering if you could give me any hints or suggestions on "test banks" for this coming school year?
Thank you very much....I genuinely appreciate any help- and I really appreciate your website.
Devon Lee
PS Please e mail me at devonlee3@gmail.com

Devon Marie Lee
Biology & Dual Credit A&P
Instructional Dean of Science
Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High School


7/19/13
Kelly,
Thank you so much for the information. I am sorry that it has taken so long to get back to you, I have not had access to my e mail. Additionally, I have now switched schools, and will be teaching all AP Biology next year, and currently I only have my home e mail address devonlee3@gmail.com.
Thank you very much for all of the information. And I believe that I will use some of your information from your website, at least to get started.....I will definitely reference you in all presentations that I use from you. Anything that I develop and have developed I would like to also share, through the wiki that you recommended. I have only used wiki spaces one summer, so I hope that I "did it" correctly. I signed in and sent a request for membership.....is that correct?
Thank you again for your prompt response, and I have my fingers crossed, that I signed in correctly.
Thanks, Devon

Hollington Lee h_lee@ludlowps.org

11/30/08
Good Morning-
I was referred to your web page by a colleague and I would like to look at some of your materials but the link to your Biology page sends me to a Login box where I need a username and password.

Would it be possible to give me those or allow me access? My colleague told me he has been to your site before but did not mention a Login window.
Thanks for your help.
--Hollington Lee
Biology & Human A&P teacher
Ludlow High School
Ludlow, MA

6/28/13

Devon Lee

Dear Mrs. Riedell,
 
I have taught biology for years------and have taught AP Biology as well as AP Environmental science  in the past (2006 last time for AP Biol) and (2009 last time for APES).  I shall be teaching AP Biology next year here in San Antonio TX.  This summer I took the AP Biology Summer Institute, and I am ready to get started on the new course.  One of the participants in my class, told me about your website, and I was wondering if I may use some of your materials?  Additionally, I was wondering if you could give me any hints or suggestions on "test banks" for this coming school year?
 
Thank you very much....I genuinely appreciate any help- and I really appreciate your website.
 
Devon Lee
Claudia Taylor  "Lady Bird" Johnson High School

Joy Lee 
www.lumberton.k12.ms.us 

4/11/08
Hi! I am a new AP Biology teacher this year! It has been very stressful because I can't seem to get through with everything in a short amount of time. (48 minutes a day, year long) I would like to look at some of the review stuff you have on your sight that is password protected. Might that be possible. Thanks for all your help!
Joy Lee
Lumberton High

4/11/08
Kelly,
     Thanks so much for the help. I will not give out the password to anyone, Scout's honor! Do you find that your AP students seem to get overwhelmed at times? I have several seniors that also have senior projects going on right now, and they are really stressed. How much outside of class work do you usually assign? Thanks for all your help!!!
J.A. Lee

Yvonne Leija-Leroux   Yvonne.LeijaLeroux@fortbend.k12.tx.us

4/30/14
Just wanted to say thank you!
 I came across your website and my students have been using the ppts as a review in class before the big state assessment.  Very thorough.
Yvonne Leija-Leroux


Elizabeth Librojo    librojoe@yahoo.com

4/2/12
Hello,

I want to start by saying thank you so much for posting all of your wonderful resources for me to use.  I am a first year teacher and I teach 8-12 grade science.  The help I have received from your website has been invaluable this year as I struggle to stay afloat.  I was wondering if you could tell me how you use your card review?  I have seen them used as a review activity for several units, but I don’t understand how they are used.

Thanks again!

Katie


 6/15//2018
Nancy Lennon   nancylennon@bristolk12.org

Hi Kelly,
Happy end of the year!  I hope your year was successful.  We are finishing up exams and graduating next Wednesday!  
I have a question.  What do you do for a human body project?  I struggle with getting the kids to cover anatomy.  Not a problem for my kids who have/are taking it; however, it is for others.
Nancy

6/18/18

Nancy
I do it as an independent project outside of class time.  They can do a PowerPoint, Prezi, Word doc, video, etc. I am attaching the directions and questions.

 

~Kelly

 

Hello Ms. Riedell,
I stumbled on your web page and noticed that you are using Interactive notebooks with your AP Biology kids.  I also noticed your kids scores were awesome last year!  Congratulations!
So my question, among others, is how are your kids "buying in" to the BILL and how do you like it?  I am half way through my first year using one and I have mixed feelings about them.  I can't say that many of my students like them, and many aren't keeping theirs up to date at all (they simply don't care, I guess, about earning extra points on their unit exams to keep one).  Are you finding this and, if so, what are your strategies?
Also, what kind of schedule are you teaching in?  I am in an A/B block and meet my students only on ONE of the days (therefore, I see them an average of 5 days out of 10---not enough!).  
I've been teaching AP for 17 years now; however, I have to say this year is not going well. My students are completely unprepared, not motivated, and it's making it really hard to try to keep the pace.  I struggle with "do I stop, go back over the material and retest or, because I know 40% aren't even reading the textbook, keep moving on despite the 49% average on a given Unit exam?"  As a fellow veteran teacher, any insight?
I hope your year is going well!
Nancy Lennon
AP Biology
Bristol Central High
Bristol, CT


1/9/18
Hi Nancy,
I have 2 sections of AP Biology (46 students- juniors & seniors) this year. Usually I only have one section. This is my 11th year teaching AP Bio here. I also have 3 sections of Honors Bio.  Classes are 50 min on M-T-Th-F and 38 min on Wed. I also get 2 "lab days" one each semester where I get a sub for my other classes and keep my AP Bio kids all day. In the fall we go water testing  and do some ecology activities at the nearby nature park and in January we stay at school and have a DNA day and do PCR, DNA fingerprinting, the pGLO lab, and the respiration lab. Since class periods are short, this is my solution to be able to do  longer labs. that I can't fit into 1 class period.
I started using BILL's 3 years ago. It was slow going the first year; probably because I wasn't totally committed to it and just used it sometimes and I think students sensed that and weren't too enthusiastic about it.  But I talked to Lee Ferguson  (she is the guru of using BILL's) 2 years ago at the AP Bio read in Kansas City and she got me fired up about them and since then I have gone all in and students love it.  Pretty much all assignments go in the BILL. They take video notes on Bozeman videos outside of class (sometimes just notes; sometimes with a notetaking guide I give them), they do bell ringers, cut and paste activities, analysis ?'s, some quick labs,  . . . almost everything goes in their BILL.  Some things I grade, some things they self grade, or trade and grade with a partner. 
Here is a link to some BILL activities and some videos by Lee Ferguson about BILLS
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/2015BILL/BILL2.htm

In addition to the stuff I give them to do in their BILL, I also ask them to add things of their own ("Show what you know", organizers, Venns, Sketch notes, . . . for each chapter.) I don't give them extra credit for completing assignments in their BILL, but I let them use their BILL for the last 10 minutes on a multiple choice test, so that encourages them to use it and keep adding things. That 10 minutes probably doesn't change their test grade much, but they think it does and it causes them to buy in to the BILL idea. 
It's funny how the mix of students can change the whole personality of the class.  This class is supposed to have prerequisites of 1 year of Bio and 1 year of Chem with a B or better, but basically the counselors let anyone in who wants to take the class.  I have a number of students who don't have the best attitude and have a very poor work ethic. The ones who fail 1st semester can't go on to second so it kind of weeds out a few who don't have their heart in it. We are just finishing 1st semester. Semester tests are this week. I know there will be some students who drop before 2nd semester starts next week.  Students here are not required to take the AP Exam at the end of the year, so I also struggle with students who give up and succumb to Senior-itis and stop working which brings down the rest of the class.  I too have students who come to class unprepared and don't seem to care about their grades.  I do my best to help them, but you really have to think of the kids who do care and want to learn and do well on the Exam at the end. Teach to them. Slowing down and going back will not help the ones who don't/won't put effort into the class, and will just mean less time for you to cover material for the ones who care. 

The last test I gave had a class average of a D+. I let students do test corrections for 1/2 points back on the ones they miss. They have to do them in my room and I encourage them to come with a partner or two and "discuss" corrections and "explain things" to each other.  I think it helps them to understand more. They have to write corrections out: 1. what question was asking them?  2. why the answer they picked was wrong?  3. what the right answer is?  and 4. tell me where they found the correct answer in their BILL (Mitosis diagram, potato lab, etc) 
Anyway it seems to work for my students. They are always above the national average for pass rate on the AP Exam. 

There never seems to be enough time and I never get to cover everything I want to cover. I just try to do as much as I can. Teach concepts I love and try and save a week and a half or so at the end for review before the AP Exam in the spring.  I hope this helps.
If you have other questions I would be glad to try and answer them.  

Best wishes,
~Kelly

1/10/18
Kelly,
Wow, great information, thank you.  I haven't done test corrections, but I like your idea of them having to do it in your room and working collaboratively.  Do you let students hold on to tests, or do you release them?  We have had issues with students cheating using tests from previous years in some AP classes.  I generally write new ones every year, based on a particular emphasis I might have had in any unit from year to year.
Another question, do you essentially "flip" your classroom or do you still do ppt notes in class?  I use pogils and have been more flipped in the past; however, this year I've found that students were not watching the videos and taking notes AT ALL and weren't reading the book either.  My school frowns on it for students to drop classes, and unfortunately thinks its because the class is "too hard (by teacher design)" and that adds stress on my part. So, I've slipped back into giving notes daily and it's cut into time we could have been doing mini-labs and activities.  It frustrates me because I feel like I'm feeding the beast, but I don't see a choice.  
Also, how do you grade % wise? I've kind of morphed David Knuffke's grading pattern of 50% Assessment and 50% Coursework, although I've noticed he's veered away from that and I haven't happened to ask him why.  I've found that it keeps kids from outright failing based on tough Campbell questions (5 answer choices, etc) that they have no experience grappling with so that they don't panic and drop the course.  I'm curious how you grade your kids.
Nancy

1/10/18
Nancy,
I do not release tests because they have questions from old AP Exams on them including some from the secure exams from the College Board site that aren't supposed to leave the room.  That's also why they have to do corrections in my room.  I don't really like the Campbell test bank. I think many of their ?'s are too nit-picky and using actual old AP Exam ?'s gets kids practice answering the kind of ?'s they need to be able to answer on the actual AP exam.  
I am not totally flipped, but I spend very few days doing powerpoints/lecture and try to spend most of class time doing hands on activities and labs. Kids may watch short videos like Bozeman to intro the topic before they come to class We are a 1:1 school so everyone has a laptop. 
But most of content is delivered as part of a "hands on something" like next week we will start our DNA unit doing Kim Foglia's cut and paste replication activity, do desktop RFLP with yarn when I talk about DNA fingerprinting, and a paper cut and paste plasmid activity when we cover DNA technology.  
Grades are approximately 50% tests and 50% labs, Bill stuff, other homework  I try to balance the test scores with other daily work and assignments so they have a shot at an A if they work hard. AP classes are weighted here so a B in an AP class counts as an A in their GPA.
Kelly

1/11/18
Kelly,
Not using Campbell questions is an interesting idea. I’m not sure I have enough old exams to piece together enough questions on each unit, but it’s good for thought.
Also, do you use interactive notebooks with your other classes besides AP? 
Nancy

1/11/18
Nancy
I don't use interactive notebooks with other classes.
Do you have access to the released exams on the College Board Audit site? I use ?'s from these PLUS . . .
Before the revamp in 2013 the College board released a multiple choice exam every 3-4 years. These were for sale on their website. 
Some of the ?'s on there are just "tell me a fact" kind of ?'s. But some are usable as is and some I modify to make them more application ?'s  like the new format. There is a  1973, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2009 test. 

Kelly

3/28/18
Do you still do the pool noodle operon activity?  I am thinking of trying it with my class this year.  How many noodles do you usually purchase, what length and where do you generally buy them so they are reasonably priced.  And, once one class uses them, can they be reused year after year?  Do you have a copy of that lab or is it on the catalyst learning site exclusively?


Rob Liebman rliebman3@yahoo.com
Estes Park CO

4/4/09
Hi Kelly,
I wanted to send you a note thanking you profusely for allowing me to use your website! I am a first year biology teacher down in Estes Park Colorado and it has been very comforting knowing I have your site as a back up. Just so you know, I sing your praises to my students every time I use your material. You and your team have done a phenomenal job putting all your material together and please know that it is much appreciated.

Thanks again,
Rob Liebman

 12/31/09
Hi Kelly,
I can't believe you took the time to email me this on New Year's Eve! You are the best! I hope you have had a great holiday season, even if it was too short. Thanks again for everything you have done for me.

Rob Liebman

 

3/15//10
Mark Little

Dear Mark,
Thanks so much for sharing. This is a really great idea. Would it be OK if I posted it on my teacher help page along with some other "Act it out" activities? I would give you credit for the activity. If not that is OK, too. Here is the link if you want to check it out.

http://local.brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/APteacherhelp.htm
http://local.brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/teacherlinks/biotheatre.htm


Thanks again for sharing.
Hi Kelly
No problem in posting it--just trying to give ideas.  Thanks a lot for the links.
Mark Little
Broomfield High School
Broomfield CO

 Livingston, Casey Casey.Livingston@wlps.net
Whitmore Lake High School
Michigan

Hello, I am a biology teacher across the nation here in Michigan. First, I wanted to say I love the activities, format, and design of your website.  I referenced and used a couple of your interactive assignments from your web page with my students here before the holiday break.  I wanted to search your other units for some activities that would flow well with our units we are investigating here.  When I accessed the link again it told me that I needed to login again.  I was wondering if there was a guest login I could use to gain access.  The URL I accessed before break was…  http://brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/Evolution.htm   It did not ask for a login before the break.  Again I wanted to commend you on creating one of the better interactive biology websites on the web.   

Casey Livingston

Patty Lorton    lorton@wcusd15.org
12/4/12
Thanks again for your help. We are finishing up the semester with midterm exams on December 19-21. I would like to give my AP students a comprehensive midterm over chapters 1-11, but I'm not sure what format I should use. I was thinking of setting up the midterm like an AP exam. Students have 90 minutes so with some modification I am thinking 30 multiple choice questions from any chapter, 2 math/science questions concerning calculations completed in labs so far, 3 short answer questions focused on portions of the Big Ideas I've covered, and one long response question from the practice problems supplied on AP website. It would essentially be less than half an AP exam. Do you think this would be too much? I will provide the question topics in advance for the math/short answer/long response questions, and I will have students use chapter study guides for the rest. Should I supply an additional study guide for the chapters? It seems redundant, but may help. Thank you in advance for your input.
Patty Lorton

11/17/14

LEE ANN LOVE         LLOVE@Tacoma.K12.Wa.US
Hello Kelly
I wanted to write and let you know how much I appreciate your site. It has been a lifesaver for me since I started teaching APbio 2 years ago. The details and information are so amazing. I hope you don’t mind if I use your hand outs and power points in my class. I am giving you credit. Thank you so much!

Lee Ann Love, NBCT

10/2/9
Stacy Lovell

I really enjoy your website and find the materials you put up there quite useful for the students I teach. I was wondering what the fish 
demo is that I have seen in some of the handouts for the students. The more visual I can make it for my students the better. Thanks again for 
the information your team provides.

Stacy Lovell
LSK (Mi'kmaq First Nation)

10/17/17
Darla Loyless    dloyless@andrews.esc18.net

Good afternoon, Ms. Riedell.  My name is Darla Loyless, and I am teaching AP Bio for the first time this year.  I stumbled across your website during the summer in my efforts to plan lessons and build a syllabus.  Oh my - you have been a life-saver!  I can’t thank you enough for willingly sharing your resources, experience, and lesson ideas online.  I am following along with you this year, and we are beginning cellular transport; however, I see where you are also incorporating body system projects within this unit.  What do those project assignments entail, and for what reason are you embedding them in this unit?  I have full confidence in your expertise and am in no way questioning your planning; I’m just trying to make those connections so that my students see the validity of the projects as well.
Again, thank you so very much.  I look forward to hearing from you,
Darla Loyless
AHS Science Department Head - AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology

10/18/17
HI Darla,
 I am sending an updated nerve-muscle picture and questions. 
~Kelly

Gabe Lynn dzerlyfee@yahoo.com
North Carolina

12/15/09
Dear Mrs. Riedell,
I am a first year biology teacher in North Carolina and I just happened upon your site about halfway through this semester.  I wanted to take the time to tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed using the materials on the site.  The continuity of the presentations with  the supplementary material really makes this site useful and, as far as I can tell, fairly unique when it comes to available high school resources on the internet.My question is - do you all have a test/quiz bank that corresponds to your materials? If so, would you be willing to share and/or exchange those files?
Thank you again for all the hard work you've put into your site and for making it publicly available.

Gabe Lynn

12/12/8

Dear colleague(s),
My name id Ramon H. Lozano, a science teacher at Celebration High School in Florida wring to recognize the wonderful work you have done with this web site.This site has provided me with wonderful ideas, and pleasant discoveries (web-pages etc.) This is so grate that made me feel as if I was not doing enough for my students.
Thank you so much for your work and dedication.
Sincerely,
Dr.Ramon Lozano.
Celebration High School

 

Kathy Maher Kathy.Maher@savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us

1/2/12
Dear Kelly! You are my new science hero!!!! I just found your website because I was searching for something new in Zoology. This is my first year teaching it and I appreciate all the help I can get. We are on reptiles right now and I love the dissection guide for turtles and also the wonderful links you have set up. Thank you so much for allowing us to use your site!

Kathy Maher
Savannah, Georgia

 

4/16/12
Hi Kelly!  It’s Kathy Maher again from Savannah!  Could I get into your Biology site?  It is asking for a login and password.  I’m still using the zoo site!  Thanks so much. 
Kathy

Heidi Marlow    marlowh@wbsdweb.com

11/25/12
Hi Kelly,
My name is Heidi Marlow and this is my second year teaching 9th biology Patrick Henry Middle School in Woodhaven, Michigan. I discovered your website last year and it quickly became my sanity as far as ideas and resources! I am in the process of revamping my classroom structure to make way for the new common core standards. I am considering flipping my classroom in order to free up more class time to pursue more common core based activities and assignments and I wanted to ask your permission to use your power points to make videos that my students can then watch online for homework or to use to make up in the case of an absence. It would really free me up to spend my time creating my layered curriculum and project based assessments but I understand if you are not comfortable with me using them.
My current thought is to create the videos using Screencast-O-Matic or Camtasia and put them up on a venue such as Sophia.org for my students to access. We just received our own teacher website as part of our new school district website, but I haven't figured out how to use that yet. In the future, I might consider putting the videos up there if I have enough space to do so. Please let me know your feelings as soon as possible so I will know if I can use your PowerPoints or if I will need to resort to using the PowerPoints that came with my textbook, which I personally don't like very well. I appreciate your consideration with this matter!

Kind Regards,
Heidi A. Marlow
PHMS Biology

Melissa D. Marston mdmarston@shenandoah.k12.va.us
Central High School
Woodstock, VA

1/4/10
I teach biology and have enjoyed your powerpoint presentations that cover the material.  However, I am unable to access your information and was wondering if you changed the site address???
Thanks for your help
Melissa Marston

1/5/10

Thank you so much.  I was able to access it.  It is a great website so I understand why you are having all of the hits on it.  Thanks again,
Melissa Marston

5/11/12

Karen Mayeaux       KStrachan@ycsd.york.va.us

Hi Kelly
I guess we are winding down to the last few days before the AP exam.  Given your best guess what do you think the topics will be for the FRQs this year?  We have been reviewing the last 10 years of questions and I am just not sure what to review for the last time!  I would appreciate any help you can give me.
I am frustrated with some of my students because they are not really interested in the sciences and they took the class because of a friend.  Even some of their classmates are frustrated with them for whining all of the time because it is so much work.  Oh well it is just about over.  I wish you the best of luck with your classes!
I need to enroll in one of the new AP Institutes so that I can begin working with the new changes.  How often does your school district adopt new books?  Just curious.  Take Care and Thank You So Much for all of your help this year!
☺Karen Mayeaux
Tabb High School

 

Kelly,
I found your website and have enjoyed looking at your work.  I also teach biology and AP biology and have a website: http://sps.k12.ar.us/massengale.  This is my 35th year of teaching!  My question is --- would you be willing to share ideas?  I haven’t password protected my site because I want other teachers to use my materials if they would like.  I use the same AP textbook as you do so I think I might have some things that would be of help to you.  If you would be willing to share, please send me a username and password to access your biology site.  Thanks!

Cheryl Massengale
Stuttgart High School
2501 South Main
Stuttgart, Ar 72160
cmassengale8@sps.k12.ar.us

 

 4/10/08
Kelly,
While viewing your site, I noticed the handout links for worms are broken. http://kr021.k12.sd.us/zoology/worms%20web.htm
Are these handouts available?

Cheryl
Did you try out clustermaps?

Cheryl Massengale
Stuttgart High School
2501 South Main
Stuttgart, Ar 72160

8/10/18
Kalik May       kmay@scott.k12.sd.us

Hello Kelly, I am Kalik May a first year teacher.  I am from scott county school district at Morton High School in Morton, MS.  I'm emailing you looking for different resources to reach my kids. Resources are limited here and I am a new teacher starting from scratch if you can spare me any resources and advice it will be greatly appreciated.  Sorry for the email right when school starts I know it is a busy time but I did just stumble across your site.  

8/10/18
Hi Kalik,
Everything is available on the website. Not sure where you are looking? What classes are you teaching?
If you are going off my home page https://kr021.k12.sd.us/

AP Biology and Zoology do not need a password, but the links to Biology and Honors Biology require a user/password
User: biology
PW: bhs

Homework calendars with links to activities are on the unit pages.
Links to Teacher help pages are below
https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/teacherlinks/help.html

https://local-brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/APteacherhelp.htm

If you have specific questions I would be glad to try and help.
Good luck

 

8/10/18

Thank you so much! 

Karen Mayeaux KStrachan@ycsd.york.va.us
Tabb High School
Yorktown, VA 23693


8/31/11
Good Afternoon,
I came upon your web site through biology junction ( Cheryl Massingale’s) web site. This is only my second year teaching AP and I only have 5 block periods every 2 weeks to teach everything the students are supposed to know. Do you have any suggestions? I would appreciate any assistance that I can get.
Best Regards,
Karen Mayeaux

 

 10/10/11
Hi Kelly,
I appreciate your response when I emailed you in late August . I am feeling so overwhelmed trying to cover everything that needs to be covered. I only have 450 minutes every 2 weeks and that includes the time to do the 12 labs. My class meets every other day and I am trying to do the Holtzclaw worksheets with the students. It seems like the guided reading helps. My problem is finding the time to do all of the worksheets before I give them to the students. Any suggestions? I feel like I just barely stay ahead of them. The county only offers AP Biology every other year and as a result I have to go back and make sure everything still exists on the internet.I have been going over your web site and viewing everything you make available to the students. I try to share this with the students and they seem to shut down because of the wealth of information! Once again do you have any suggestions?

I have contacted Cheryl Massengill and Kim Foglia and requested use of their sites. They also request donations. Do have any clue on a dollar amount to contribute. I had requested use of Kim’s web site again this year, but I never have received a reply and I am not sure why. Thanking you in advance for any help that you can give. I hoope your year is going well!

Karen Mayeaux


10/12/11
Good Morning Kelly,
Thank you anyway! The kids just have such a hard time trying to unravel the reading. I will just keep on plugging and look for a few different worksheets. By the way your site is excellent as well. The notes are excellent and I put your URL on my list of bio web sites for the students . Thank you again and please stay in touch!
:)Karen

11/17/11

Hi Kelly,
How are things going? I do direct my students to your web site. I want to make sure credit is given to you. Thank you for allowing others to use your materials. Do you have keys to the genetic units from Explore Biology.com? I had my keys made from 2009, but I can find them and I am going crazy trying to locate items I had completed. I made the mistake 2 years ago of believing my students that they understood genetics. Wrong Answer! I would appreciate any assistance you can give me!
Karen Mayeaux

11/22/11
Good Morning Kelly,
Thank you!! Those were some of the ones that I have misplaced. I feel like I spend hours doing worksheets and I no more finish one unit and we are on to the next. The students are fussing that I am pushing too hard, but if I let up they get lazy. You know what I mean? Do you have any suggestions for keeping them motivated? Also if you have found any activities that work better than others , would you let me know? I have come to the conclusion that guidance pushes them to take 4 - 5 AP classes and many of them can 't handle the work load, especially AP Bio.
Once again THANK YOU and I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
Best Wishes,
Karen

5/11/12
Hi Kelly,

I guess we are winding down to the last few days before the AP exam. Given your best guess what do you think the topics will be for the FRQs this year? We have been reviewing the last 10 years of questions and I am just not sure what to review for the last time! I would appreciate any help you can give me.

I am frustrated with some of my students because they are not really interested in the sciences and they took the class because of a friend. Even some of their classmates are frustrated with them for whining all of the time because it is so much work. Oh well it is just about over. I wish you the best of luck with your classes!

I need to enroll in one of the new AP Institutes so that I can begin working with the new changes. How often does your school district adopt new books? Just curious. Take Care and Thank You So Much for all of your help this year!
Karen Mayeaux

5/14/12

Hi Kelly,
I hope your students did well! I am glad the exam is over. Now we can start getting ready for the new curriculum. What do you think of the new guidelines?
Please stay in touch. I assume you plan to continue teaching. Do you have any other preps? It is nice to know what goes on in the other districts.! When is your graduation? Take care and have a great summer break!
:)Karen

11/18/14

Hi Kelly,

I hope your school year is going well.  I am preparing to do the photosynthesis lab and was wondering if you had any helpful hints.  I am getting frustrated, because I am not sure about the chloroplasts suspensions and I have been reading so many comments about things not working.  I do have the Vernier lab quests and the colorimeters to use.  Any suggestions for the chloroplasts suspensions being successful?  I would appreciate any help you could pass on.

You have done an amazing job with your web site and I have used some of the outlines as a guide for the students so they don’t feel overwhelmed.  No wonder your scores are amazing!  I wish my kids would focus on one or two versus 4 – 6 AP classes.

Thank you in advance for your help!

 

Karen Mayeaux

 

 

Gracie Mays Gracie.Mays@lrsd.org

9/8/08
I'm trying to log in to your website. I'm not having any success !
I am a teacher of Biology and Anatomy @ LR Central High School.

9/11/08
Thanks for your timely response. I'm already looking for different
material and ideas to teach my Biology classes

McCullough, Annette     annettemccullough@wcps.org

12/5/11
Kelly
hi I Love your web page, even though I am a middle school science teacher I have found your website awesome ,   however when I went to get the directions for the flip book I didn't get them it sent me to a serch site instead, could you please send/e-mail the directions to me.Thank you :)
Annette McCullough
7th grade science
Dillard Middle School
Goldsboro NC 27534


Melaina McDow
melainamcdow@palmbeachschools.org

4/4/14

Hello Mrs. Riedell,
I just wanted to thank you for your website and offering your activities and resources for any and all who are looking to improve their lessons. I'm a first year teacher and I just used your yarn activity for mitosis with my students today and it worked great! This was an ideal lesson and I really, really appreciated how clear your directions were. It was so easy to prep and arrange.
Thank you so much!
-Melaina McDow 

1/16/15
Deborah McKinney

I use your Bio site frequently for my classes  ..  I am currently teaching Earth Environmental also ...  My question is does this science section at Brookings offer such awesome resources like yours!!???!!!

Thanks!!

April McPherson aprilmcpherson88@gmail.com

October 25, 2012
Mrs. Riedell,
I am a Zoology teacher at Northwest High School in Missouri. I found your website late last year and really like many of the items you have posted on there and for that I thank you. I am writing to you because I wanted to know a little more about how you have your students working with the vocabulary. I have been teaching it for three years now and it seems to be my Achilles heel. I have tried many different activities and assignments in order to help my students learn the terms needed for each phyla being discussed. I have been working with the districts instructional coordinator as well to incorporate different strategies. Perhaps it is even how I am structuring my class materials. I would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to respond and tell me how you work with a unit and its vocabulary. If it is easier to choose a specific unit then I am getting ready to start on mollusks.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
April McPherson

10/29/12
I have talked to several students and only a small number studied their vocab activities I assigned. So I am scrapping that idea. I wanted them to use the activities not just do it for a grade. I suppose it is also an issue of them choosing not to study and be a little lazy.
I was looking through your website again and saw your test scores posted. Do you only test over one phyla at a time? In the past I have tested molluscs and annelids together. Do your tests focus on one and then have them compare to another on a couple of questions?

Again thank you for your assistance.
April McPherson

 

Reyna Mejia [msreyna2queen@msn.com
California

11/26/08
Hello Kelly,
I just want to tell you that I think your site is phenomenal; I just happened to stumble across it while looking for material.  I was placed as an intern six weeks into the school year.  The students have had a “sub” and well… I’m sure you can imagine what that was like.  So not only am I trying to implement discipline and procedures but I am having to plan and find material as I go along.  Your resources have been a tremendous HELP and as a new teacher I just want to say THANKS!!! Your students are very lucky to have such a creative teacher!!

Thanks again,

Reyna Mejia (from California)

Paul McKee [paul@teach-nology.com]

Davene Meehan dmeehan@escambia.k12.fl.us
6/22/11 Love your dissection page, put link to it on my frog dissection glog.
http://tehescmarts.edu.glogster.com/edit/frog-dissection/
Davene Meehan


K Mikula
You have done a fantastic job which is helpful to all biology teachers.  Keep up the good work.
 




Jaimee Mooney
Jaimee.b.mooney@gmail.com

2/20/14
Thank you so much for your site!  I am a first year biology teacher and I am always searching for ways to practice the material with my students.  Thank you so much for sharing!
Jaimee Mooney

10/12/10
Necole Morrissey  necole.morrissey@huskymail.uconn.edu
Undergraduate Student
UConn School of Nursing

To whom this may concern,
Thank you very much for compiling these resources into your highschool
biology website. I'm a sophomore in college and I found some things on
here very useful while studying for my Genetics class.
Thanks again! And have a fantastic school year.


Barbara Moss [MossB@ahsd.org

10/23/08
HI Kelly,
I am having trouble putting the flip book together. I followed the link you ahd on your apge for the foldables, but I can’t seem to get the diagrams to line up. Is the link correct?
Thanks for any help you can offer. Your site and information is very helpful!
Thanks.


 Katharine Moultrie        MOULTRIE.KATHERINE@muscogee.k12.ga.us

 3/27/12

Hey there,
First of all, I would like to express how fond I am of your website. I use many of your materials (always include your name in my presentations J ) in the class and it made my transition as a new teacher last year a lot easier. I was looking at the How many bears activity for ecology and I was wondering what the dice told them. Do they have to roll a certain number to be able to gather a particular food, or does the dice tell them how many food tickets they get?
Thanks so much 
Coach K Moultrie
Northside High School

3/30/12
Thanks so much! The activity went great. My students really enjoyed it! Thanks!!!
Coach K Moultrie
Northside High School
Science Teacher


Jessica Moyer  jmoyer@lcss.us

Ms. Riedell
I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!! I am a new teacher and a new mom. I stumbled upon your website while desperately searching the web for help and ideas. You have no idea how your website has helped keep my head above water! I appreciate all the work and time you have put into your website and materials! I could never thank you enough!
I hope you have a wonderful day and a fantastic year!
Sincerely,
Jessica Moyer
Summertown High School

7/25/13

Hello Kelly,
My name is Lisa Nathaus and I teach 7th and 8th grade middle school science. Your website was mentioned as a great resource for activities and labs to be used in the life science classroom. Would you be open to allowing me to have access to some of your resources via your school web page? If so, please respond to enathaus@glenview34.org<mailto:enathaus@glenview34.org>.
Thank you for taking time out to read this e-mail. I hope to hear back from you.
ENjoy what is left of your summer vacation!
Lisa Nathaus

7/26/13
Thank you Kelly.
I will definitely give you credit and not post anything that comes from you site and is public.
Thank you!
Lisa Nathaus



10/9/13
Nguyen, Amy     Amy.Nguyen@springbranchisd.com

Hi Kelly,

I am hoping to teach AP Biology next year at Northbrook HS in Houston.  My mentor who taught AP before she left encouraged me to begin preparing for AP in the event that I am given the prep.
Any suggestions on how to prepare?  Any resources that you would recommend? Any and all help would be much appreciated!!
Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you!
Amy Nguyen

 Norm Nicholls   checker@tctwest.net

2/20/12
Your site is such a gift to your students.  5 stars!
 Norm Nicholls
Powell Middle School
Powell Wyoming



ROSALINA NITOLLAMA rnitoll1@topeka.k12.ks.us
9/20/10
Hello and good day!
I have looked into your Zoology and AP Biology website but I wasn't able to log into the Biology website. I am very impressed with the materials you have developed and I am interested in accessing your site in Biology. What are your requirements for a fellow Biology teacher to have access to your Biology site. I also would like to submit ideas or suggestions that I used in my classroom.
Thank you!
Rosalina Nitollama
Biology Teacher
Topeka High School
Topeka Kansas

9/21/10
Hello and good day!
Yes off course, I understand that. I greatly appreciate it, this would really be a big help to my classroom instruction.
Thank you very much.
Rosalina


8/31/17
Thank you for all the info.

I am exploring your webpage.
wow!
There is so much great information.
questions:
1. how do I know what order to assign things in? I find myself jumping all over the place deciding what to do?
2. how do you assign what they should do from so many thing on your webpage?
Thanks,
Lisa Norwood


 Kate Nguyen knguyen1@ggusd.us

3/10/10
Kelly,
I especially LOVE your website and all the helpful information on it. I noticed that when I clicked on biology it asked for a username and password.  I was wondering if I can have access to what your biology students see. I will readily give you credit for all your hard work! Thank you so much!!!!

3/15/10
Hi Kelly,
Thank you so much for the password. You guys are awesome!!
Kate

Jacob Ong jong@alpine.k12.ut.us
Westlake HS
Saratoga Springs UT

12/3/09
Ms. Riedell,
I just started teaching zoology, and your site is incredible.  (I was originally in a PhD program in neuroscience, left with a masters, and completed law school in 2008). Although I haven't taught that long, I do have some real world experience that I would be happy to share.

3/5/12
Rebecca Orth   rorth@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Kelly,
   I was looking on line at your lab and really like the idea. I just had a question as to how to preform the lab. It says to play the game have students "compete" for food by moving around the room and rolling dice to win food tokens. What parameters did you set up for rolling and winning the food?
-Becky Orth
 
Rebecca Orth
Central High School


5/1/14

Kelly,
   I found your natural selection lab, and really like it. I was wondering do you have a lab instruction sheet that goes with it? A sheet of paper to give the students with step by step instructions as to what to do?
Rebecca Orth
Central High School


10/8/12
Hi Kelly,

My name is Rebecca Orth and I teach at Parkway Central High School in St. Louis, MO. We use the same textbook as you and I found your page on line. I was interested in your two transport labs and wondered if you would be willing to share your teacher set up information. I was really interested in the osmosis/diffusion lab with the glucose and starch testing, but was also interested in your balloon lab and demo fish? If you would be willing to share I would greatly appreciate it, I am always looking for a better lab for this concept since it seems to be a difficult one for many students. Thank you.
Rebecca Orth
Science Teacher
Central High School


9/11/14
Debra Ortenzi

Hello.  I am a brand new teacher and one of my 4 preps is AP Biology.  I haven’t taken college level Bio in over 20 years!  I have used your website for some ideas and am now writing my 1st quiz for tomorrow.  Where do you go to find assessment questions?  Do you have a sample quiz on Science Investigations and Design I could see to compare my own with?  I appreciate your time – thank you

 

Debra Ortenzi

Rochester, New York 14621

 

5/4/9
Terri Ortiz        tortiz1@dadeschools.net

I stumbled upon your web site looking for new stuff for my biology class.. looks like you have some cool stuff!
Terri Lynn Ortiz
Miami Palmetto Sr. High (7431)
Miami, FL 33156

Katie Oster
3/30/12

Hello,
I want to start by saying thank you so much for posting all of your wonderful resources for me to use.  I am a first year teacher and I teach 8-12 grade science.  The help I have received from your website has been invaluable this year as I struggle to stay afloat.  I was wondering if you could tell me how you use your card review?  I have seen them used as a review activity for several units, but I don’t understand how they are used.
Thanks again!
Katie

oyefet@aol.com


10/9/12
Hi Kelly,

I'm a middle school life science teacher. I found your experiment with the gel filters on line and I would like to try it with my 7th graders. I was surprised to find (on-line) that the gel filters selectively let their color through rather than reflecting it, just as you show on your power point.I wonder why that is.
Two questions:

I don't have any growing lights available. Do you think that a sunny counter or just fluorescent room lights during the day will do the job?
Did you get dramatic results using the different color gels? Did the red and blue work best?

Thank you! Orit

3/13/9
Polumbo, Cecilia          Cpolumbo@Wasd.iu5.org

Thank you for making this available.  You have put a lot of work into this site.  Great Job!

 

Cecilia

yan pang     aggieyp@gmail.com

8/27/10
Dear Kelly,
I very very very appreciate your kind reply!! Thank you so much for telling me these useful links.
Good luck and wish you all the best!
 Aggie


Ashlee L Parker ashlee_parker@ccpsnet.net

12/19/12
Hello,

My name is Ashlee Parker, and this is my first year teaching AP Biology at Manchester HS in Midlothian, VA. First, please let me say that your website has been one of my main go-to sites and has helped me tremendously with pacing options, activities, and notes. We have science specialty centers around the county that draw serious science students from each school, so we don’t have the opportunity to teach AP Bio every year (our last course offering was 4 years ago). So please let me say THANK YOU. I have a question about the Fruit Fly lab. I feel like I don’t quite understand how to answer all of the questions as to what the lab is looking for, and some of the crosses are a bit confusing. I’ve never done a virtual fly lab, but after taking MONTHS to get rid of the flies from last year, we decided it would be smoother to do a virtual lab (not to mention we have this odd 3 hour release day at the end of each month, and every day off and release day coincides with our AP class… we are behind…) Your lab was the best that I have seen, but I’m wary of how to do this with students. Do you have suggestions or advice?
I hope that this email doesn’t offend you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your website.
You can reach me at: ashlee_parker@ccpsnet.net.
Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy your Christmas break!
Ashlee Parker

12/20/12
Hi Kelly,

Thank you SO much for your help. You really saved me. Thank you for including the new and improved version of the lab. The Anderson video was great too! I haven't worried about fruit fly crosses or chi square analysis since my sophomore year in college. I think the hardest thing is having 2 preps, planning an entire prep by scratch while trying to keep up with grading, and re-learning the facts.
I was lucky enough to meet someone who did recommend Kim Foglia's site to me, and you are correct, she is amazing. I've been using your site, Messengale, and Kim Foglia the entire year. I've seen a lot of success with the labs, and I LOVE the way you have condensed the notes and the "What You Should Know" for each unit. It has helped me so much in planning and pacing.
Again, I really, sincerely, appreciate the help. I hope you have a fantastic break.
Take care,
Ashlee Parker

Nabeehah Parker  nparker@philasd.org
Masterman High School
Philadelphia, PA
215-299-3475

4/24/08
Hello!
I am a biology teacher at a Philadelphia public school for gifted students.  I am always looking for animations, etc. to elucidate points I make in class.  This year I came upon your website, and found that much of the material I was discovering by searching was already available on your "cool websites." I often have my students go to your website and then to specific links.  I have lauded your efforts with my class, and your site has encouraged me to "step-up" organization and accessibility of my material as well. I have not had the chance to look at much of your site's teacher made material, but this week I did look at your evolution powerpoint, and indeed used it as a supplement to the material we use.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for sharing the information you use with your students. It certainly helps with the "too much work, too little time" phenomenon that I experience and I'm sure you do as well.  I am currently working on a wiki for my class, and once it is in reasonable form, I will share that info with you. It looks like your school has a fabulous science program, and I wish you the best in your endeavors.THANKS AGAIN SO MUCH FOR SHARING!  YOU'RE THE BEST!!

10/2/9
Carol Parson
         parsonvc@yahoo.com

Kelly,
My name is Carol Parson and I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade science at Swiss Memorial Elementary in Gruetli-Laager, TN. I found your Mitosis project on the internet. I am going to use it with my 7th and 8th graders. Thank you so much for making this available. I will try to let you know how it turns out for me.
Carol Parson
                                                    

Tami Pawelko
TPaweldo@district158.org

8/23/12

I owe you an apology. I used one of your powerpoints in my Animal Science class and I didn’t give you credit for the work. I did give you credit in the class, but I didn’t put it on the powerpoint itself. I gave students the web address, and told them that it was a great site to find additional information. I should have pasted your web address to the powerpoint so that if anyone else viewed it from my website, they would have known where the information came from. I do know how much work it takes to put the information together. I hope you will forgive me for my mistake. I no longer have the power point posted to my website, otherwise I would correct my error.
Tami Pawelko
Biology and Animal Science
Huntley High School

 

11/16/9

Jennifer Peachee   jpeachee@wcs.k12.in.us

This site has been a great relief to me.  I want to give you credit and have in every class.  I teach a mixed resource class.  I was not infomed
that I was going to teach Biology until shortly before the year started.  I could not keep up with the case load without the aide of
this site.  It has freed me to work on additional supports. Thanks so much!!!

Jennifer Peachee

mark peppel    peppelmark@yahoo.com

12/8/11I found your gold mine today, I want to "borrow" papers and such, so I would put your name with the website, is this correct?
The hours you put into this is just staggering and amazing!!!!
Thanks,
mark peppel
Eau Claire High School
Eau Claire, Michigan

10/22/9
Jennifer Perry

I’ve just discovered your Bio site- AWESOME!!!!!! I am trying to put together a good site with my PPTs, games, activities, etc.  Do you find that students actively use your website or is it mainly other teachers?  Just curious!  Thanks for sharing!

 Jennifer Perry

Brentwood HS

Nashville, TN

 5/6/15

Pamela Phelps

Kelly, thank you for your post to the AP Community with review ideas.  My kids are dragging, I'm tired, and we needed a spark.  Today we played "Draw Me a Picture" and they loved it!  Tomorrow I plan to use "What's the Difference".  Both are excellent ideas.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us an energetic and fun activity.  :)

Pam Phelps

Freida Phillips  fphillips@whitfield.k12.ga.us 

8/24/08
Ms. Riedell,
I have become a great fan of your biology website last year.  I discovered it from using the massengale site.  You have great powerpoints and acitivities.  This year I tried to open the site and couldn’t get there but thought it was a new filter we have in our system.  I have now tried from home and realized you have a password lock on it.  Is it possible for me to get the password from you to continue to use your site.  I am a teacher in Georgia and I would appreciate it if this is possible.  If you would like more information my email is fphillips@whitfield.k12.ga.us .  My school is the Whitfield County Career Academy and I teach Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.

Thanks again.
Freida Phillips

8/25/08

Dear Kelly, Thank you so much!  I will follow your requests and appreciate your help so much!

Freida Phillips

11/17/16  Amanda Pierce  Apierce@putnamcityschools.org

Hi Kelly.  I am a 2nd year AP Biology teacher in Oklahoma City, and I came across your adapted version of the “Be an Enzyme” simulation.  I have read through it several times, but am still a bit confused on some of the logistics.  Would you mind answering some questions I have when you have time?
Thanks so much!
Amanda Pierce

Pamla Pruitt pamla.pruitt@abileneisd.org

4/22/10
Good morning Ms. Riedell,
Your website is awesome.  Your Zoology site is super; however I cannot get into the Biology site without a user name and password.  What should I do to enjoy your great work?
THANK YOU    THANK YOU

Pamla Pruitt

 

4/22/10
Thank you so very much and I will definitely give credit to you.
Pamla


Kim Pozarelli 
kympoz@bellsouth.net]

2/16/11
Just curious. Is there a way to access the material you say you have on this website? Every link I click on puts me in a window telling me how it is one of the following four reasons it proceeds to list that prevents me from connecting to your link. I’m a student teacher, your stuff looks, great and inspirational, but I keep getting my hand slapped. I’m going to use Evolution for my TWS and you got some great ideas (properly cited of course) I think, but I can’t get in to really tell.
Can you help?

Kim Pozarelli

 

2/16/11
Dear Kelly,
Thank you for sharing so generously and responding so promptly when the
world feels like it Is crashing over my head, I can't begin to share how
much I appreciated your warm response. I printed a copy of the computer
response I get and in my spare time (tee, hee) I' ll type the jist to you.
By the way, you probably heard of this resource but I stumbled across them over a year
ago and used their Origami DNA activity and Romanov Lab in the last few
weeks with great success. Have you heard of DNAi or DNAInteractive where
the scientist are generating all kinds of information being designed for
teachers in the classroom to present as cutting edge as possible, and
creative and interesting approaches - just a suggestion if you don't know
already - www.dnai.org. I like to borrow, but I also reallllllllly likeeeee
to share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sincerely,
Kim Pozarelli

4/27/11

Dear Kelly,
 How are you doing? I just want to tell you and who ever is interested what a godsend your website  has been for me as a student teacher
who just finished up the teaching (9th Grade Biology) evolution, you have truly been a blessing!

As far as citing you properly, what date would I put down for the last time you updated the site? Also, who all should I list as the
authors?
Thanks so much,
Kim Pozarelli

4/27/11

Dear Kelly,
If the website is pretty much yours, you are AMAZING! I love researching the web to find stuff, but you and I were using the same book which completely
saved my life. I felt like I was drowning when I was student teaching but some sick part me wants to be back in that classroom this precise instant. I
miss the kids in spite of themselves (as a group), individually they were all so incredibly sweet and I felt like I was saving a couple. I am in a
suburb of Atlanta called Lawrenceville, but in my heart I will always be a CA girl (uhmm, I'm 48, but still a GIRL - that's my story and I'm sticking
to it!). Amazingly, I loved working with the Freshman, although my classroom management is definitely not my strong suite, but my daughter who is a
Freshman is unfathomable, obnoxious, and is making me lose my hair (she's my precious baby, though)! Well, next on the agenda is finishing my Teacher
Work Sample, then getting out there to find a job - which apparently there are none because Gwinnett County is in the middle of a decade hiring freeze.
They do need science teachers and I'm getting my post-bac in Biology 5 - 12, so hopefullyyyyy..........

Nice bending your ear,
Kim
P.S. I need to write you later because I did a mapping project for evolution that came out really cool.

Sherri Quintero   squintero@FRANKLINTOWNE.ORG

3/7/11
Thank you for all of your hard work in putting together all of this material.  It has been a blessing to me as we are focusing on distributive practice in my school, and you power points doo a great job of sprinkling old and  future topics throughout them.  My students love the pictures and animations that you have added to the content.  I was wondering if you have a copy of the cell structure and function crossword puzzle?  I have found all of the clues on your site, but I can't seem to find the actual crossword that the student fill in.  Do you have one?  Could you send it to me?  I would really appreciate it if you could.  Thanks again!    I have attached a Cell Membrane/Transport foldable that I use.  It is not as fancy as your stuff, but I'm sure you could spruce it up.

Sherri Quintero
Franklin Towne Charter High School

3/7/11
Thanks for the speedy reply!  I'm looking for the one to go with attached clues.  For cell structures and functions.
Sherri

 3/8/11
Thanks, that's the one!

11/8/11

Rainbeau, Brandon    Brandon.Rainbeau@ouhsd.k12.ca.us


I was wondering if you mind adding my site to your list of AP Bio website.  My site is a continual work in progress as I am constantly finding new materials to add to my class.  I'm an 11th year veteran Bio teacher who's in his second year teaching AP.  Thanks for all the resources you've made available, as I've added many to my site.  Thanks for you time.

 

1/14/8

Penelope Rankin    rankinpm@pwcs.edu

 

Hi there from a fellow biology teacher at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia. Your webpage and slide shows are awesome. I was hoping to use them in my class and would love to have your permission to do so. The slide shows would be a great way for my students to review for their semester exam which comes up next week.

Please let me know. Thanks.
Penny Rankin

Penelope Rankin
Battlefield High School
Haymarket, VA

 

 

 

 

Susan Rathwick   srathwik@sbcsc.k12.in.us

 

4/25/18

Hello.  I appreciate your resources.  I understand there is a vault of teacher resources.  It came up on  AP Biology Facebook. Can I get cess to this?

Susan

 


4/25/18

The vault belongs to Kim Foglia. She passed away many years ago. Cheryl Hollinger can give you access. You can find her link on  the National AP Biology Teachers Facebook page.
Here is a link to Kim Foglia's site:
http://www.explorebiology.com/


Here is the info you need to send to Cheryl
To gain access, please follow these directions accurately to receive a password from me: 

1. You must mail your request from your school address. 
Please do not mail it from your personal address and then just include your school e-mail address in the body of the e-mail. I get hundreds of these requests and I can no longer afford the time to search for school addresses within the body of the e-mail. Mail to kim@ExploreBiology.com 
(NOT SURE IF THIS EMAIL IS STILL WORKING)

2. You must make the Subject line of the e-mail "Vault Access". 
Nothing more; nothing less. This allows me to automatically sort the requests into a special mailbox. BTW, please do not include the quotation marks. 

3. You must include the following information: 

  a. Your school contact info (address & school telephone), 

  b. Your chairperson's contact info, 

  c. Your principal's contact info, and 

  d. A link, if you have one, to a Web page listing you as faculty member.
~Kelly

 

 

Gerry Rau   gerryrau@hotmail.com

10/7/11
Kelly,

I can't access your site. I don't know if others can or if it is just because I am overseas or whatever, but I will email you the file. When you post it, let the list know and then others can let us know if they can access it.
I have also emailed it to you directly, in case that does not work.
Gerry Rau

10/8/11
Dear Gerry,

 Thanks for sharing. I don't know why you can't access the site.
 Here is my homepage. 
 http://kr021.k12.sd.us
Maybe you can try to access my AP Biology stuff and get to the teacher help page from there. 
I put the link to your past essay by topic on my Exam prep page under Past AP Essay ?'s. Here is the link:
 http://local.brookings.k12.sd.us/krscience/open/examprep.htm#old exams
Kelly

10/8/11
Hi Kelly,

When I use the direct link I get the response: Firefox can't find the server at local.brookings.k12.sd.us. Same if I click on the ap biology link. I can get to any link that uses the kr021 format, but not any that use the local.brookings address. Must be something about the way your network is set up there, to restrict outside access to the site. I don't know if that is because of my international address, or if the local.brookings is restricted to those with an account at the school, in which case you would have to post my notes under 'help for teachers' for others outside the district to access it.Nice site, by the way. Looks like a lot of work went into it.
Gerry


10/9/11
Kelly,

The teacher help page, like the main page, is on a kr021 url, so I can access that. I can also access your zoology pages, on a kr021 url, but not the ap bio pages, on the local.brookings url. That seems to be where the issue is, and should help you and the tech people figure out what is going on.
Gerry

Hi Gerry,
> Sorry the link isn't working for you. I have hit counters on my pages and since school started Aug 22 there have been over 700 hits on my teacher help page so I know people outside of school have been accessing the site. I tried Foxfire from home and it worked so maybe it has to do with the international thing like you said.I will check with my tech people and see what they say. Thanks for letting me know.
 ~ Kelly

Tami Reardon [reardont@bcsc.k12.in.us]
Columbus North
AP Biology/Biology/Zoology

1/19/10
Hi. This is my first year teaching zoology and your site has been a great help to me! We do not have a text for zoology and finding resources with enough "teeth" has been difficult. Your material on fish is not available. Would you mind sending it to me? Thanks 
Tami Reardon


9/21/10
I have been using your ppts for the classification and intro to animals unit and my kids love it! Thank you so much.
Is there any way for you to send me the test you give for this unit? I am very interested in how you approach the assessment of the material and your student success.
Thank you for your time and wonderful work!
Tami Reardon

9/26/10

Thank you for the response. I have a few questions if you don't mind.
What type of student takes your zoology course?
Are your tests open answers or multiple choice?
Can they use any course materials on their test?
Do you weight your course?
Do you go over your packets in class or just grade them and turn them back?
I do not have a text for my class so I supplement with packets of reading, labeling, concept mapping, etc. I have not spoken with another teacher about teaching a zoology class so I am interested in your methods to compare and learn.
Thank you for your time.
Tami Reardon


11/18/10
do you happen to have a ppt for mullusk notes? Your notes are so through and I use them as a guide in my zoo class. We do not have a textbook.
Thanks!
Tami Reardon

Heidi Reese hnreese@mac.com
Texas

11/29/09
Hello Ms. Riedell
I cannot thank you enough for your website!!!! My name is Heidi Reese and I am a first year teacher at a small school in Texas.  Along with being a first year teacher and having to put together lesson plans by myself, I am also coaching three sports. Needless to say, I am a little overwhelmed right now and have been trying to keep my head above water since before school started.  I came across your website a few weeks ago while doing some research and have been glued to it ever since.   I hope you do not mind, I made
sure the students know that I am using materials from your website.

I cannot follow your lesson plans completely because the state of Texas has a few different requirements than South Dakota but I have followed most of your lesson plans for Chapter 11. I will be giving a
test over chapter 11 on Wednesday and am crossing my fingers, hoping that the students will do better on it than they have been for my previous tests.

What I have been doing is taking your powerpoint presentations and basically copying the text over to word so I can modify the formating and print out the notes (with blanks) for the students to follow
along. Is this how you do your powerpoints?  Do you have an easier way of making notes for the students? Any helpful hints would be fantastic. Thanks again for putting together your website, it is amazing!! I feel
like I am cheating or something for using your material but I don't want the kids to suffer from my inexperience.

Very Sincerely!
Heidi Reese

12/31/09
Hi Kelly

I must have bypassed the password when I did the search and I have not come across anything that I am blocked from yet. I checked out the link to the teacher help too. You have done an amazing job on all of the resources!! I love all of the games!  I noticed that the bingo game for Chapter 12 has 6 templates.  My largest class is 27 students so I should make 27 templates right?  Also, the slide show for chapter 12 has more than 80!! slides. Do you make 14 pages of notes (double sided to 7)?
I teach at Community High School, which is located, literally, in the middle of a corn field. It is a consolidated school district for four small towns in an area just northwest of Dallas. I actually live in Allen Texas which is just north of Plano. Thanks again for your website, it is going to save my sanity this year!
Heidi

Erin Regier regiere@deercreek.k12.ok.us
Deer Creek High School
Oklahoma

1/6/10
Hello,

I am a teacher in Oklahoma.  I wanted to tell you that your website is amazing.  I use it for ideas, labs and activities.  I use to use some of the power points that you made, because they were such high quality.  I always document you guys as the source!  Who monitors this website and keeps it updated?

This is the best website ever!

Thanks,


1/6/10

Kelly,
 Well I think you are amazing.  Thanks for all  you do!  You are truly an inspiration!
 
Erin



6/11/10

Good evening,
My name is Tanika Reiss and I am a Biology Teacher in Memphis, TN. I have raved over your science department website for the past few years and have utilized many of your resources. I was always careful to provide credit because I understand the time and effort that it takes to generate such a widespread of resources at one’s fingertips. Because of your website, I have had phenomenal evaluations and dynamic student success! I am saddened that I can no longer access the following website http://brookings.k12.sd.us/biology/other_units.htm without a password. I am respectfully requesting your permission to be able to access this website again. My email address is Tanikables@aol.com or reisstanikar@mcsk12.net.  (school email)  Any assistance will be appreciated. Currently, our school has been through some drastic changes and my science students would really benefit from this website in order to prepare them for their END OF COURSE EXAM as well as myself. I know that I would not have been able to come up with the number of resources that your department did.  Please let me know if you can assist me. I would sincerely appreciate it!! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely,
Tanika Reiss, Biology Teacher
Memphis, TN

Carolyn.Rinard carolyn.rinard@abileneisd.org

Kelly,
I teach PAP and AP Biology at Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas. Can you please give me the password for your website. I have heard nothing but rave reviews, so I am so anxious to see your stuff!! Thank you so much,

Julie Rix       julie_rix@ccpsnet.net

10/30/12
Hi there,
I was just looking around the internet on google for hardy-weinberg stuff since it is my first year teaching AP bio (only 2nd year ever teaching) and I found your website and I just wanted to thank you so much for putting up all those links. I wish I had found it sooner, but I am so glad that I found it. :) you're awesome! Have a good day and thank you so much again!

Julie Rix
Biology Teacher
Cosby High School

EILEEN ROACH

10/14/08
I would like to speak with you about your  bio site. Please reply if you are still at this address.
--
eileen roach
WSHS Biology Dept

10/15/08
Hi, Kelly,
I teach bio in Winter Springs, FL and have tremendously benefited from all your hard work in your fantastic website; but when I tried to access your power points and jeopardy games, found out they were moved. Is there any way to have you share them again?
thanks, eileen roach

10/19/08

Wow!, Kelly,

You are tremendously generous. Thank you soooo much. I have used your review games and changed some of the items to make them more in line with what I have actually taught, and have also used them as a guide as to what is the "standard". I WILL definitely mention you each time I show them. Thanks a million for your help. If I can ever in anyway repay your kindness, let me know. Grateful in Winter Springs, Fl,
eileen roach

Kindra Robbins robbinsk@jackson.k12.al.us
Section High School
Section, Alabama

1/4/10

My name is Kindra Robbins and I teach biology at Section High School in Section, Alabama.  I have not been allowed to access your biology site.  Can I do that? 

Thank you,



1/20/10
Mrs. Riedell,
My name is Kindra Robbins and I am a biology/zoology teacher at Section High School in Section, Alabama.
I have emailed you before about your wonderful website.  I have received funds to purchase a professional library for my classroom/subject area.  It can be biology or classroom strategy text.  Do you have any suggestions? 
Thank you,
Kindra Robbins

Pamela Roberts
Branson High School
Human Physiology
AP Biology
417-334-6511 Ext 5300
robertsp@branson.k12.mo.us

3/6/10
Thanks so much for the information. I have looked at her website. Wow. I have been working my kids way too hard on vocab. I wish I had read her website before I started this year. I hope that I have time to turn it around before the year ends. Next year will be so much better.
I appreciate all of the help and advice.
Sincerely,
Pam
 

Rodgers, Diane  Diane.Rodgers@hp.com

3/4/11
Hi Kelly
I am hoping you can help me as my son is struggling in Biology and he has been given this worksheet for extra credit.   To say it is over our head's is an understatement.
He is a freshman at New Tech Academy in Columbus IN.
I am attaching a copy of the cross word puzzle, as I was able to also find it on the internet at our site: BiologyJunction.
Is there a worksheet, or powerpoint that covers the material in this exercise so that he may have the data points to complete the puzzle?
Thanks and please advise,
-- Diane

3/7/11
Hi Kelly -- thanks so much for your note and offer to help.  Derek spent about 3 hours working on this yesterday...and actually got it completed.
So we are all set. Thanks again and have a GREAT week!

Susan Rogers  Rogers_Susan@asdk12.org

5/10/10
Good morning Kelly--
We love your work! Thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us biology teachers. Here we are asking for advice. Noticing that you reference the Miller Levine prompts a question: does your school district have a computer site license for the text online, or is there some other arrangement? If you do have site license, how is it working for you? We have a 10 year old book (Holt, Modern Biology) that we do not like and we are not wanting to purchase more, to perpetuate the "ancient" wisdom! Unfortunately, our district does not want to spend money on new textbooks. We are trying to come up with a creative way to handle the situation, short of copying many pages of the old book, which we have done for the past couple of years. Any advice you could give about how you managed this would be helpful. It's about 45 degrees and the sky is partly cloudy today; there is still snow on the ground at elevation (above 1500'). All the aspens and poplars tree trunks are greening up, and the birches are a feathery reddish cloud.


5/10/10 
Dear Susan,
Yes, we do use Miller and Levine (Blue dragonfly cover). The online link is provided free with the textbook order. Teachers get a log in password to set up a class and students listed in each class are given a password to access their book online. Holt Modern Biology (Green owl cover) was the book we had before we switched to Miller and Levine a few years ago. Sorry... that's probably not much help if you can't purchase new books.
Kelly

Thanks for taking the time to respond!
Susan Rogers

Thanks for your prompt response. The next question is, do you have a physical textbook for each student, a class set of these, or just the online version that each student can access? The whole book idea is in flux here in Anchorage...
Sue

Rebecca Roper    rroper@shelbyed.org

9/24/18
Sorry to hear about your hard drive crashing. Here is a link to all my stuff. Hope it is helpful

~Kelly

Thank you sooooo much!!!!! 

Christine Roy  ccourtney@mnsd.org

1/8/13

Hello Kelly,
My name is Christine Roy - I am teaching AP biology for the first time this year and happened to come across your incredible website.  Thank you for for creating such a wonderful resource. I was wondering that you do for the activity you call "Lab 8" - which has four different case studies in it. Any help you could provide would be much appreciated.  Thank you!
Sincerely,
Christine Roy

Janine Rulund
Mattituck HS
Mattituck, NY

March 23, 2010

Hello Kelly,
My name is Janine Ruland and I may be teaching AP Bio next year.  I am
trying to put together resources and have had difficulty locating old exams.
I noticed on your website to email you to request old mc in circulation.
I would appreciate greatly if you would email whatever you are able to.
Thank you very much.
Janine Ruland
 

Mary Beth Rouse
Woodford County High School
Versailles, Kentucky

2/4/10
A girl I taught with found your website last year and was thrilled to get some great ideas from your activities.  I currently have a student teacher I thought might like to see some of your cute games, etc., but I discovered the webpage had moved. I found the new page, but noticed some of your stuff now requires a log-in ID.  Would you be willing to share that?
As I searched the page for your email, I found the link to your OBTA award.  Ironically, I received KY's award in Memphis the same year! (See attachment)

2/4/10
Thanks
so much and I appreciate your willingness to share
Congrats to you too!
Mary Beth Rouse

 

Jennifer Ruege [jruege@saintviator.com

9/29/10
Kelly,
My name is Jen I am a high school biology teacher and found your amazing site. I have to admit I use so many of your activities and worksheets. I loudly praise your work to anyone who is looking for new ideas. I was wondering if there was a possibility that you would maybe re-link 2 particular worksheets. The chapter 7 questions and also for transport starts with. These worksheets have been so beneficial to my students.
I can’t express enough how great your work is. I am so appreciative for this site!!
Thanks
Jen

 

9/30/10
Kelly,
Hi again. I check the links and the transport starts with works but the
chap 7 ?'s do not. It gives an error has occurred.

Thanks

Jen

9/30/10
Hi Kelly,

I'm sorry, that one for the 7-3 does work it was the one for cell
structure and function questions. Really no worries. Thank you so much
for responding. Really appreciate it. Thanks
Jen

Angie Ruiz
angieruize88@gmail.com

3/15/14
My name is Angie Ruiz and I teach at a private high school in Carlsbad, Ca. As a first year teacher I GREATLY appreciate having your website as a resource. The power points were a great way for me to refresh some of the material I had forgotten and every now and then we use the games and watch your  video links.

Keep up the great work!
Angie Ruiz

3/4/15

 Mary Russo        mrusso@jacksonsd.org
Dear Ms. Riedell,
I just took over our AP Biology class in December and I see that our former AP Bio teacher used an activity from your website on the mitosis ap bio lab.  it is a table consisting of various treatments: lectin and caffeine.  I can not seem to grasp how the observed and expected values were obtained. Can you help with this?  
Thank you,
Mary Russo

Janine Ruland willysmommy@optonline.net
Mattituck HS
Mattituck, NY 11952

3/23/10
Hello Kelly,
My name is Janine Ruland and I may be teaching AP Bio next year.  I am trying to put together resources and have had difficulty locating old exams.  I noticed on your website to email you to request old mc in circulation. I would appreciate greatly if you would email whatever you are able to. Thank you very much.

3/23/10
Thank you so much Kelly. Does every new AP teacher have to submit an audit?  Does it have to be done before the start of classes in September?

3/24/10
Dear Kelly,

Thank you again!  I contacted Kim Foglia and am now allowed access to the vault!  Currently, I am on maternity leave and start back up in September.
In the meanwhile, there may be much shuffling around in my department.  The AP Bio teacher may retire- he hasn't decided.  If he doesn't retire this
year (there may be a state incentive), he will in a couple of years.  I have been promised by the principal that I will get the AP position and the
current teacher is pulling for me as well. I unfortunately won't have that much notice.  So while my 6 month old naps, I am reading up and trying to