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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
Robin Heyden-APBIO Teacher resources
Cheryl Massengale AP BIO
Dr. Slayton- Links to other AP teachers
Jenni Wilkening- AP BIO review link
Walker High School - AP audit syllabus
AP Biology Course Syllabus-Angela
APBIO Exam review links
Mr. Muth (Kelly Riedell exam review link)
Brainbeau Biology @ Ridgefield High School
AP Exam Review
AP BIO RESOURCES-
Biology by the Math Mom- Polymers game
Biology teacher Resources- Additional Links
BIO/ZOOLOGY TEACHERS WITH LINKS TO SITE
Cheryl Massengale-Biology Junction
Marine Bio Resources
Biology teacher Resources
Dr. Vite's (Photosynthesis/Respiration)
TEACHERS WHO HAVE DOWNLOADED STUFF WITHOUT CREDIT
Mr. Giacobbe's Biology- South Pointe High School
Dr. P's Biology (Annette Parrot)
EMAILS FROM TEACHERS (In alphabetical order)
Jason Abercrombie firstname.lastname@example.org
Great, Thanks again. I really appreciate it. Your website is awesome, by the way. Thanks for making that all available.
Adams, Sandra email@example.com
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.
AP Chemistry and Biology Teacher
Woodford County High School
Isabelle Joyce Agapito firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Jeanette Alexander, Robinson High School
Science Dept. Chair
Emily Allsop [email@example.com
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
Thanks very much for you time and assistance.
Knob Noster High School
Kimberley Alston firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Carver Early College HS
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!
Holly Amerman email@example.com://myschooldesk.net/rcs/
Middleburg High School
Greetings from frigid Florida!
just wanted to let you know that I stumbled into your fantastic website over
Christmas break Ė 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 Ė example: ďCH 12 vocabĒ Ė 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,
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!
I will definitely stick to those guidelines! Thanks again!
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.
Marilyn Bass [Marilyn.Bass@savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us
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).
Newark High School
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.
Kate Bement firstname.lastname@example.org
Corinne Biamby - email@example.com
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?
Baltimore County, MD
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!!!
I was looking at your site and wondered what if you would tell
me about Parade of Kingdoms musical chairs. Sounds fun!
Thanks so much! Looks like fun! Can't wait to use this as our review for parade of kingdoms.
Have a great weekend.
Shane Bleyenberg firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Walker High School
Tabetha Bramucci [email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BRATCHER, ELIZABETH EBRATCHER@bentonville.k12.ar.us
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,
Bentonville High School
Jordan Breit email@example.com
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.
That sounds great...thanks for doing this. Your website is terrific!
It's my pleasure, Kelly. Thanks for being so willing to share by putting it up on your website.
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 ďquestionsď donít show on the slide? Your website is wonderful. I hope to work on one this summer. Iíll 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!
Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School
Craig High School
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?
Keely Carpenter Keely_Carpenter@allenisd.org
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 :)
9th Grade Biology
Lowery Freshman Center
Revere High School
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
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
Kudos to all,
YA TING CHANG firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 so much!
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.
Marie Ceccoli [email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clophus, Katherine email@example.com
Kay Coates Coates@dodgeland.k12.wi.us
Dodgeland School Dist
West Morgan High School
I believe this is the best web site for Zoology information I have ever seen. You did a great job on it
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.
Thank you so much for your generosity. I know how much work goes into creating these assignments.
High School Biology
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
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
Jacob Crane firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Burkburnett High School
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!
Burkburnett High School
Alyson Darconte Alyson.Darconte@eu.dodea.edu
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.
Bitburg High School
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,
Bitburg High School
Cathy DeBerry email@example.com
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!
Grafton High School
AURA DE LEON
Palmas Academy, Puerto Rico
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
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
Marlane Dows firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a member of the APBio listserv and went to your website from your posting. Thereís free access to Zoo and AP but not Bio. If you give access to teachers, may I get one? Love your site.
Baton Rouge, LA
Eddy, Courtney Lynn - SDSU Student email@example.com
South Tech Academy
1300 SW 30th Ave.
Boynton Beach, Fl 33426
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 : )
ERIK EKIS firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Anyway, I hope to take advantage of your expertise, perhaps we'll get the opportunity to touch base at some point.
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
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!
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!
Theresa Ellefson email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or at my school email: email@example.com
Osceola High School
Biology/Anatomy Physiology/AP Biology
Mandie England firstname.lastname@example.org
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 payÖ 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!!
Warner Robins High
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!!
Redford Union High School
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. :)
Good morning. I was wondering if I can use some of your worksheets for zoology? Again, thank you for replying to my e-mail.
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. :)
Thank you. It seems so tight to fit in so much information. :)
Cher Fesenmaier email@example.com
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 Iíve 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. Iím 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 ďcommon prepĒ period? Do you get 2 preps because of AP Bio? Department chair duties?
Thank you for your time!
Desert Mountain High School
Fall Creek Valley Middle School
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?
Fall Creek Valley Middle School
Aquinas Catholic Schools
521 S. 13th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
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 ďintroĒ site. Is there something wrong with the site or do I need a different address. The error I get is ďcanít locate page ÖĒI greatly enjoy the ideas you share. Thanks so much!
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...yes it is working. You teach AP Bio as well? Have you attended any workshops yet for next years changes?
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
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??? :)
Shelton High School
120 Meadow Street
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 922-3004 (ext 424)
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.
Thanks! Will do. I'll send you an update after I get to check out the website.
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
Thanks so much.
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.
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!
Jocelyn Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Nichole Gordon-Coy email@example.com
Hi! J 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!
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. Iím 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.
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 Iím really out of my element this year!). ĖBrandi Gremaud
Paula Gunn [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Very nice respiration review. Thank you for allowing me to use it with my Bio 1 classes
Mamta Gupta Mamta.Gupta@microsemi.com
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 sonís 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 sonís 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!!
I was doing a little editing and cleaning up my web files. The link is back now here.
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.
Thanks so much Kelly!
I aspire to have a web page like you one day.
Miss Kirby Hall
Middle School Science Teacher
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?
Jackson County Comprehensive High School
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.
Thank you so much
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.
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
Rebecca S. Heiss email@example.com
Laura Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Incredible website. You are my idol.
Cambridge-Isanti High School
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Jennifer Holden email@example.com
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.
Central York High School
601 Mundis Mill Road
York, PA 17406
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.
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!
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.
2010 Kim Foglia Service Awardee
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.
Clackamas High School
Amy Hubbard firstname.lastname@example.org
Tandee Hughes [email@example.com]
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!! :)
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
WOW! The lab that has the eggs seems really interesting. Is
that one on your
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! :)
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
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!!!
Mercedes S. Humphries MSHumphries@clevelandcountyschools.org
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,
Donna J. Igo
Pell City Schools
Pell City, Alabama
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!!
Thank you so much!! Your site is just awesome!!!
Catherine Janssen [Catherine.Janssen@Cabarrus.k12.nc.us
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,
Jordan High School
Long Beach CA
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!
is there an easier way to design the cladograms ? Are there other versions of them?
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 !!
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 !!
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.
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
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.
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
Sent her link to Reebops & yarn meiosis
thank you so very much! I'll look into this!
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!
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!!!
I have the Kim Foglia one . The one I would like a key to is attached
HUUUGGGEEE THANKS !!!!! Have a good weekend
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
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!!
Jeannette Jernigan firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Katie Jones JonesK@parkhill.k12.mo.us
Park Hill South Science Department
4500 NW Riverpark Dr.
Riverside, MO 64150
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 canít find a way to get to the main topics page anymore. Any information would be great! Thanks,
OK, I did some more exploring and was able to figure out where the games went. Thanks again for the wonderful site!!!! I canít imagine all the work you did.
Thanks. You are awesome!
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 :)
Thank you, Kelly, for the clarification!!! You have a good year, too...Ronni
Franklin High School
Livonia Public Schools
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.
Thanks a ton!
Nicole Karges email@example.com
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.
Biology & AP Biology
I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to use all of your resources. They are great!
Fulton Science Academy High School
PATRICIA KELSCHENBACH [firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynda Kiesler email@example.com
Iím 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. ( Iíve 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? EtcÖ
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks a bunch
Albert Lea High School
Albert Lea, MN
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!
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.
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!!
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 :)
Chanhassen High School
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.
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.
Elizabeth Knight [firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
Richland High School
David Knuffke email@example.com;
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.
From: Kevin Koppelmann firstname.lastname@example.org
David Kommer email@example.com
Wow. Thanks for the vast amount of
information. I'm certain that I will be using many of these resources.
WC Mepham HS
Bellmore NY 11710
Montrose School Dist
Xan Kucejko Xan.Kucejko@lcsk12.org
Carrie Kunkle firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Hale Williams Preparatory School of Medicine
Lana, Trisha email@example.com
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!
Integrated Physical Science and Biology Teacher
Northern Burlington County Regional High School
160 Mansfield Road East
Columbus, NJ 08022
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?
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,
Hollington Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Biology & Human A&P teacher
Ludlow High School
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!
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!!!
Elizabeth Librojo email@example.com
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 donít understand how they are used.
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.
Nancy Lennon firstname.lastname@example.orgHello Ms. Riedell,
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.
Estes Park CO
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.
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.
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.
Thanks again for sharing.
No problem in posting it--just trying to give ideas. Thanks a lot for the links.
Broomfield High School
Whitmore Lake High School
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 wasÖ 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.
Darla Loyless email@example.com
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.
Kathy Maher Kathy.Maher@savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us
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!
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!
Heidi A. Marlow
Melissa D. Marston
Central High School
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
Nancy Lennon firstname.lastname@example.org
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 havenít 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!
Stuttgart High School
2501 South Main
Stuttgart, Ar 72160
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?
Did you try out clustermaps?
Stuttgart High School
2501 South Main
Stuttgart, Ar 72160
Tabb High School
Yorktown, VA 23693
I came upon your web site through biology junction ( Cheryl Massingaleís) 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,
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 Kimís 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!
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!
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!
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!
Gracie Mays Gracie.Mays@lrsd.org
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.
Thanks for your timely response. I'm already looking for different
material and ideas to teach my Biology classes
October 25, 2012
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.
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.
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 ďsubĒ and wellÖ Iím 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!!
Reyna Mejia (from California)
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I am having trouble putting the flip book together. I followed the link you ahd on your apge for the foldables, but I canít 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!
Katharine Moultrie MOULTRIE.KATHERINE@muscogee.k12.ga.us
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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!
Summertown High School
Kate Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org
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!!!!
Thank you so much for the password. You guys are awesome!!
Saratoga Springs UT
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.
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?
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Ashlee L Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
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 donít 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 donít 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. Iíve 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 classÖ we are behindÖ) Your lab was the best that I have seen, but Iím wary of how to do this with students. Do you have suggestions or advice?
I hope that this email doesnít offend you. I canít tell you how much I appreciate your website.
You can reach me at: email@example.com.
Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy your Christmas break!
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.
Masterman High School
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.
mark peppel firstname.lastname@example.org
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!!!!
Eau Claire High School
Eau Claire, Michigan
Freida Phillips email@example.com
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 couldnít 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . My school is the Whitfield County Career Academy and I teach Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.
Dear Kelly, Thank you so much! I will follow your requests and appreciate your help so much!Freida Phillips
Amanda Pierce Apierce@putnamcityschools.org
Pamla Pruitt email@example.com
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
Thank you so very much and I will definitely give credit to you.
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
Thanks so much,
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,
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
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.
Franklin Towne Charter High School
Thanks for the speedy reply! I'm looking for the one to go with attached clues. For cell structures and functions.
Thanks, that's the one!
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.
Gerry Rau firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Thanks for sharing. I don't know why you can't access the site.
Here is my homepage.
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:
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.
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.
> 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.
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
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.
Deer Creek High School
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!
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 oneís 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 email@example.com. (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!
Tanika Reiss, Biology Teacher
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Cosby High School
I would like to speak with you about your bio site. Please reply if you are still at this address.
WSHS Biology Dept
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
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,
Section High School
Branson High School
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Rodgers, Diane Diane.Rodgers@hp.com
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,
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!
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.
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.
Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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...
Christine Roy email@example.com
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!
March 23, 2010
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.
Mary Beth Rouse
Woodford County High School
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)
Thanks so much and I appreciate your willingness to share
Congrats to you too!
Mary Beth Rouse
Jennifer Ruege [firstname.lastname@example.org
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 canít express enough how great your work is. I am so appreciative for this site!!
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.
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
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!
Mattituck, NY 11952
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.
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?
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
prepare myself in bits. How do you write an audit when you don't know all the activities and labs you will do (other than the 12)? I probably will
teach it differently than the current teacher. He just submitted an audit last year.
Also, do you think you will have to change your curriculum a lot with the change in the AP curriculum in a couple of years? That would be awful.
Thanks again for all your advice. Do you enjoy teaching AP? I'm excited at the prospect. I know it will be a lot of work but I think I will like it.
I am studying up on cellular respiration. (I know I am a nerd.). Do you make your students responsible for the intermediate prodcuts? I am using the Campbell text but I also have the Cliffs review. Is it sufficient for the kids to know the depth as done in Cliffs?
Thanks also for your congratulations. Actually, Willy is my 6 year old maltese. I have a baby girl- Rose Therese. People keep asking me when I am going to change my email address!
P.S. If there is anything I can pass on to you, please don't hesitate to mention it.
Wayne Sackett [email@example.com
West Salem High School
West Salem, WI
Dear Mrs. Riedell,
I am sending you this email with a huge thank-you! Our school district, West Salem School District, which is in West Salem, Wisconsin has begun the process of developing a new, much more interactive website for each of our schools. Our high school has not yet been inserviced on this web page building process but our elementary and middle schools have. Last year I began to search the internet for schools that have interactive type web pages. I have found your web site to be extremely interesting, and I'm sure extremely helpful to your students. I have been teaching biology and Anatomy & Physiology going on 12 years, and I have discovered some new and interesting ways in which to do some things a little differently. Your school district, parents, and students must be very proud of you and honored to have you as their teacher. I thank you for sharing your web page with the world and rejuvenating me, as I travel down the road of web page building. Not only have you had an influence on your students, but a great influence on me as a fellow teacher. Your sphere of influence has increased! Again, kudos to you, your science department, school district and community. You all have and will continue to impact myself and our little town of West Salem, Wisconsin population 1,539 with a high school enrollment of 540. I would enjoy speaking with you sometime and asking you a few other questions, mainly about some philosophical aspects to education, as our school is debating a number of issues such as PLCs and the like. I would be happy to call you on our dime as your schedule permits.
Once again thanks, for the inspiration!
Diana Sands firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you understand why having these available is a problem for us if students can just Google the homework assignments WE CREATED for our students and get a completed answer key.
PLEASE REMOVE THE FOLLOWING ANSWER KEYS (see list below) TO OUR ASSIGNMENTSAs a teacher I know how much time it takes to create good curriculum and I have often "borrowed" from others on the internet. But if I use something from another teacher and post it on our website, I always post an acknowlegment of where it came from. It seems you have downloaded more than a few of our PowerPoints on your Wiki. If you are using these and posting them for students, we would appreciate it if you would please post an acknowledgment of where you got these.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING
AND HELP WITH THIS.
Kelly and Michelle
Asham Sandu Asham_Sandhu@Gwinnett.k12.ga.us
I teach biology in GA and wanted to know the directions for playing the musical chairs reviews on your website.
Meadowcreek High School
Thanks for the prompt reply.
Donna Salongo email@example.com
I came across your site while searching for material about fish morphology for my class. Itís a bit advanced for my third graders but just wanted to let you know that itís a fantastic site. Great job! I can tell from your work that you are an excellent teacher.Keep up the great work!!
Hello, I am a biology teacher at Palmer High school in Palmer, MA. and enjoy
using your site. I do give your
site credit on all of the papers and ideas that I use. Why does your page now need a user name and password?
Dawn Sasek firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your wonderful website. So much information, THANK YOU. I have two questions.
1. Do you know if anyone is sponsoring Kim Foglia's website? I unfortunately never get to meet her before she passed. What an amazing site. I am wondering if one can still purchase access to her teacher's vault. Also, if anyone would like to help me sponsor her link just in case it is ever taken off the internet. New teachers to AP (like myself 5 years ago) find this site a God send!!
2. I am interested in obtaining the exam information from the College Board.
Any help with the above would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time,
Oak Forest High School
Clackamas High School
Carolynn Schneider email@example.com
I just came across your website while searching for information on taxonomy for my 8 y.o. grandson. He is a profoundly gifted student who needs a different education than what is offered in the public and private schools in our area. So, we are home schooling him. Your site is absolutely THE best on the internet (and I've been looking at sites for over three yrs.). I love all the graphics and animations. The material is presented in a clear and understandable fashion. Most science sites are either too babyish or too far advanced for my grandson. And the best part is how a question is presented without the answer, giving the child a chance to answer, and then presto! the answer appears. I am going to pass your site inforrmation on to the group of gifted parents in our area--I know they'll be as thrilled as I am about it. I just wish you had sites on many more subjects--you are a genius at education on the internet! Sincerely, Carolynn Schneider, Glassboro, NJ
Tammy Scholz firstname.lastname@example.orgHi,
Mandi Schooley email@example.com
Linfield Christian High School
Thanks so much Kelly. I have been so impressed by everyone on the list serve, and their willingness to share and encourage. I really appreciate your help!
Bonnie Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to tell you that I can tell how hard you have worked to make your site special for your students. It speaks volumes about what a great teacher you must be. I hope your students appreciate you! I'm having a great time just looking through your site for my own selfish enjoyment!!
I teach in Abilene, Texas and I do not have a web page at all. I admire how organized you are and tech savvy!! "I'm not worthy"
My name is Bonnie Scott and I teach at Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas. I had emailed you for permission to use your site a few years back. I wanted to let you know I am still out here bowing to your wisdom daily. My cohort Pam retired at the end of last year and I miss her enthusiasm but I keep telling myself I still have Kelly!!!!
I have been using your wonderful site for three years now! The only sign in that I have is biology/bhs. Could I also have the Honors Biology sign in information? I am trying to find Bacteria, Protista, and Fungi!
Hope all is well with you! Your site has given me the enthusiasm to reach retirement! Are you getting new books? In Abilene we are no longer getting books due to state budget cuts. They selected an online ancillary site and it is horrible. Pray for us down here!
Thanks for all of your daily help for this old teacher!
Cooper / Biology
DEIRDRE SCOTT email@example.com
Michael Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a biology teacher in Abilene, Texas, and have heard great things about your website. I would like to be able to access your site, with your permission, but I need a user name and password. How do I go about obtaining those? Thanks for your help.
Kym Showers email@example.com
Sticia Shubin firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Simon email@example.com
Slade, Anna SladeA@anderson1.k12.sc.us
Lawton High School
I found your website before winter vacation and book marked it to look at when I returned. What little I saw looked very good. I can't get in now and understand if you do not want anyone to use your materials. If that is not the case perhaps you can help me get in to it again. The message that comes up when I click on a chapter says something about the connection being interrupted for 4 possible reasons.
I appreciate your time.Thank you
Thank you, Kelly,
I am teaching biology again after 30 years of teaching earth science and environmental science and my how its changed! Thank you!
Valencia Community College
Hi, Kelly, I want you to know what a wonderful resource you have provided for me and my community college students here in Florida over the past few semesters since I discovered your website. My Fundamental of Biology class uses the same text you do for AP Biology (Biology, 7th edition by Campbell & Reese). We often use your Jeopardy games for review and they work especially well to engage students that are not "hooked in" to the class. I have recently hit an access problem that I have not encountered before and wonder if there is a way for you to help me out. In trying to access the Transport Jeopardy (and other modules in that unit) I get the message that the page can not be found. In probing around, I get to a screen that requires a log-in and password for Brookings. Is there anything you can do to help me get past that roadblock? Thanks for your help and for all the work you have put into creating a WONDERFUL teaching resource.
Candice Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Ms. Riedell,
I just want to thank you for your outstanding website. I have used some of your PowerPoints and review material in the biology classes I teach at Greenville High School in Greenville, Texas. When I began teaching biology, I had an idea of how I wanted my PowerPoints to look, but I struggled with putting too much information on slides and the PowerPoints were too long. So as I was looking for examples of PowerPoints on the internet, I stumbled upon your web page and had an instantaneous Harry Wong moment.... Why recreate what you already created so well?
I truly appreciate your generosity in sharing your hard work and I highly recommend your material to new interns and science teachers in my area.
Greenville High School
1600 Man O' War Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40513
I have been enjoying looking through your materials on your website. I printed off the cell parts flip book, but I wasn't sure how to put it together. I went back to your site, but it asked for a user name and
password. I wasn't sure if this was new, or if I had somehow managed to bypass that step the first time. I would love to be able to continue to access your site. Do you give login credentials to individuals outside
your school? Thanks for your time,
I am enjoying your site sooo much! It is an incredible resource! I was
wondering if you could tell me how you use the in class card reviews? I
am always looking to add to my bag of tricks for reviewing material. :-)
Thanks for your willingness to share your hard work!
Good morning! I am a new zoology teacher and in need of some help. I had emailed some other teachers whose site I came across and one happened to be an old coworker of yours. They pointed me in your direction. I have seen your online resources (which are awesome) and I know you added a disclaimer stating you don't mind if it is borrowed as long as it is sited. I appreciate you being so gracious with all of your hard work. I am in desperate need of good engaging activities for in the classroom and am trying to reach out for ideas, and inspiration. If you wouldn't mind guiding me a little and helping me when you have time I would be forever grateful.
Mostly activities, I also am trying to get the curriculum organized. We are testing on invertebrates today so we will be moving on to annelids tomorrow. I have like one worksheet for it and I would like to do some practical labs if I can find any.
I found your website before winter vacation and book marked it to look at when I returned. What little I saw looked very good. I can't get in now and understand if you do not want anyone to use your materials. If that is not the case perhaps you can help me get in to it again. The message that comes up when I click on a chapter says something about the connection being interrupted for 4 possible reasons.I appreciate your time.
1/13/10 Thank you, Kelly,
I am teaching biology again after 30 years of teaching earth science and environmental science and my how its changed! Thank you!
Sorrell, Carolyn email@example.com
My name is Carolyn, and Iím from Southwest Florida. I had found some of your worksheets online, and used them. They are amazing resources. Iím about to go on maternity leave, and I would love to use more of your worksheets than our textbook ones. Is there any way you could give me access? I didnít know it was protected until I tried to get in today. I would really appreciate your help.
Palmetto Ridge High School
Tammy Starcher firstname.lastname@example.org
Waldron High School
Rozeanne Steckler email@example.com
Aaron Kelly Stephens [firstname.lastname@example.org
Will C. Wood High School
Scott Stevens SStevens@speedway.k12.in.us
Speedway High School
Biology / AP Biology Teacher
My name is Scott Stevens. I teach Biology and AP Biology in Indianapolis. I came across your website and I am very impressed. Your login page for Biology...is that for only students? I didn't know if you gave that information to other teachers to see some of the materials you use? Can I borrow materials from your website? Please feel free to use anything you wish from mine.
Take care, Scott Stevens
I spoke with you once through email about your biology class material. You provided me with a username and password. Is it possible to get a username and password for your AP Bio class? I teach AP as well.
Thanks in advance!
Amy Stolipher email@example.com
I am a Biology teacher in WV and have found your site to be very useful. I have used several of your review activities, always giving you credit, and the links to other websites. The students really enjoy the activities and seem to remember the material better. I was trying to access your site today but I'm having difficulty. I can get the webpage but cannot open any of the links. I have tried on several different computers and have the same problem on each. Any suggestions or is there a problem with your website.
Stacey Summit firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for your wonderful website, resources and hard work as a science instructor. This is my second year teaching-- 2nd year for zoology and 1st year for intro. biology--and your website has been an absolutely invaluable resource for myself and my students (who also love your site...and review games!)
Zoology has been especially helpful as my first year (and right out of college), I was hired to design this high school course. I am still incredibly impressed with the detail that you are able to cover in a semester, and your calendars have helped me pace my own course and the expectations I seek for my students. They find it taxing, yet on this side of manageable--and a lot of fun!
Thank you again,
Stacey D. Summitt
Mathematics & Science instructor
University High School
Carmel, IN 46268
Lynn Sussman LYNN.SUSSMAN@cobbk12.org
I love your work thanks for sharing
Szmanda, Robert email@example.com
My name is Robert Szmanda and I am a biology teacher at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, AZ. Over the past few years I have incorporated several of your presentations in my class. In particular, the work you and your colleagues have done with genetics , in my opinion is outstanding. I was hoping that you could send me a copy of your genetics exam so that I may review it for some ideas. I have shared your website with other members of my department and they too have found your work helpful. Thank you for making access to your website available for other teachers.
Respectfully and Gratefully,
Mingus Union High School
Susan Talbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am teaching AP bio this fall for the first time. Your website has been a big help to me in planning for this fall. You mentioned that you had access to an electronic copy of old AP exam questions. Could you please send me what you have ?
East Wake School of the Arts Education and Global Studies
I am starting to use your site a lot for resources on teaching biology and I like to give you credit for what I use. Should I email you specifically about what I might link to on you site or is it ok to link to you site and note that I have permission?
Thank you very much for what you have done!
Thompson, Kris email@example.com
Just wanted to say thanks for the use of
the frog part power point.
Kristian Torchia firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Ms. Riedell, I am a third year bio and anatomy teacher here at Cherry Hill West High School in New Jersey. I saw your website and your powerpoint presentations. I thought they were awesome. I was hoping that I could incorporate some of your slides with mine. I was hoping to get your permission to use your site. I could also gladly email some of mine.
Cherry Hill West High School
I hope your year is off to a good start. I am a teacher in Washington, DC and found your website and absolutely love it!
First of all I want to thank you for being so open with your course content. This is my first year teaching AP Biology and it is quite daunting, but your website has helped me so much so far. Basically, when looking at your calendar it seems like you show a lot of videos. I was hoping you could provide me with two things: 1) A quick summary of your classroom setup (ie. class size, demographics of students and their math/reading ability, access to technology, period length, schedule, etc.) 2) Could you please walk me through a typical day in your class and what you do. I want to see if students watch videos as a whole, in stations, etc. How long do you a lot for each activity? Do you use the textbook, handouts, etc? Is your class flipped
This information will greatly help me move forward in make the best use possible out of your materials to help in my planning.
Again, I thank you so much for everything.
I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing your unit 1 exam with me. I am having trouble finding many AP questions on this unit. Also, I am using a lot of your resources and figured it would match well.
I appreciate any help you can give me in advance.
Thank you so much for the exam, Kelly, AND for the website! Never knew it existed!
Of course I will keep this exam private - I totally understand how difficult it is to make rigorous exams.
Things are moving along - definitely getting better :)
Amanda Tsoi email@example.com
Dear Kelly Riedell.
I am a Trinity Catholic High School teacher and have come across your website. I really am impressed by it! However, I could not log in to the Bio website - and some other chapter review pages were unaccessible. I wonder whether you have any requirements before an outsider can gain access to your material. My school website is www.trinitycatholic.org.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Mark Vance [Mark.Vance@cherokee.k12.ga.us
I wanted to let you know that your website is AWESOME! Iím a teacher down in Georgia and what youíve done is a really good thing that really helps us new teachers out. I will give credit on my website and a link that leads to your webpage. The only question is there any way that I can get my hands on the tests and quizzes that go with this material. This would be a really big help!!!!
Wow you are a life saver.....Thanks so much for remembering me. Also
do you have the worksheets answered electronically for ch's 10, 11, and
Kathy Van Hoeck firstname.lastname@example.org
10/29/09 Hi Kelly:WOW-what
a great page! I found it by accident in a google search-I donít know if
you want it open for the whole world to see. But, it is a very helpful site
which I will use a lot, I think. Thanks for spending so much time on
Will you be at NABT?
Considering everything I've gained from your website over the last two years, I'd love to reciprocate!
(Responded to my request for copies of ?'s for Your Inner Fish and Survival of the Sickest from AP Bio Listserve)
Thanks so much for sending the questions. I just noticed the Elmhurst in your address. Did I mention before that I am originally from Illinois (Rockford) and that my husband is from Chicago area. We are transplants to South Dakota. It is a small world.
I also noticed that you went to NIU-I got my Master's degree there. I was there from 1988-1992. I studied with Marvin Starzyk in Aquatic Micro. My daughter lives on the river in Love's Park right across from Cliffbreakers. Truly a small world.
REPLY:I was at NIU from 1975-1980 for a
Bachelor's and Master's so I was there a little before your time. My advisor was
Arnie Hampel. Don't know if he was still there when you were there.
He was! What a nice man. My advisor was Laslo Hanzely.
REPLY: I had Dr. Hanzely too for
Electron Microscopy and he was on my thesis committee. How weird is that!
Holly Visch email@example.com
Lawton High School
Vodehnal, Sonja A SVODEHNA@houstonisd.org
Hello Kelly my name is Sonja Vodehnal and I am a beginning AP Biology teacher. I have found your website to be very beneficial and I make sure to give you credit whenever I use your information. I am emailing you to ask if I might get a peek at your wiki site. I have never used wiki and so naturally I am curious. Also on Friday you mention something about termites and the scientific method in your calendar. Could you elaborate?
John H. Reagan High School
How do your Honor students take notes from your
PowerPoint? Do you give them copies of the PowerPoint with blanks?
Hi- Saw your web-site and thought it was really good!
I'm a teacher at SchurzHS in Chicago and have to teach zoology during our 2nd
semester. I also teach AP Bio but this class is more on a general bio level.
Since we don't have a specific zoology book, I was going to just use the regular
bio book- Dynamics of Life 2002 version.
Any hints? What book do you use?
PS- My principle focus is of course on AP and I'm just trying to get through
this zoology course this year.
If it's okay, I may be e-mailing you later for other ideas.
Schurz HS- addison/milwaukee about 3 miles west of Wrigley Field
80% hispanic, 20 % all others
the neighborhood is really good though. Unfortunately, their AP Bio scores were
I actually live in Lisel- next to naperville and my own kids go to Naperville
North. Did you attend Guilford?
Small world!! LaGrange is a real nice 'burb
2-28/18Cathy Wakefield firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Walchuk email@example.com
Conway High School East
I had my computer worked on over the Christmas break and now find I have forgotten the necessary password for access to your site. Is it possible to send that? Thank you very much.
Clint Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
Smithfield High School
recently found out that I will complete the year teaching AP Biology due to some
very unforeseen circumstances. This of course means that I do not have the
benefit of having attended an AP conference yet!
I am aware of the 12 required labs to complete, of which the students have
completed about five. They have completed Chemistry, Ecology, Cells, Cell
Metabolism, and I am trying to complete Genetics very soon.
Any help you might provide in planning out the rest of the semester is essential to the success of the course. Any files you would be willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
I began teaching AP Biology at the beginning of February. I was able to purchase the released 2008 exam, but I wanted to provide my students with examples of questions they can expect to see without using the released test.
I have not received one. If you have one, I would love a copy. Thank you so much!!!
...sent him a copy of 2008 AP Bio practice exam
Thomas Wanamaker WANAMAKERTHOMA@aasd.k12.wi.us
Dear Mr. Wanamaker
I just wanted to let you know I used your Enzyme simulation activity that I found on Nancy Clark's site with my AP Bio students today. It worked great and they loved it. We did it a couple of times with different conditions. Different amounts of substrate, mutated nonfunctional enzyme, I even added a run with blank paper the same size as the squares for a competitive inhibitor. Thanks so much for sharing this.
I'm glad to hear things went well. Let me know if you're looking for any other biology materials or activities. I am happy to share.
Karen Ward [email@example.com
My name is Karen Ward and I am a biology teacher in Ohio. One day while looking for items for my class, I came across your web page. It is awesome!!! I'm sure that it took a lot of time to set up! I have poked around on it and was wondering if I could use/modify some of your items for my class? I will definitely give you and the other science teachers credit for it. I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
Please let me know if that is o.k. with you.
Ty Weems firstname.lastname@example.org
I am teaching Zoology for the first time at Ridgeland High School in Madison, Ms. I had someone give me your website and I am teaching out of the same book that you used. I love all the notes and powerpoints you have created. I was wondering do you have a test bank of questions that I might be able to use. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Tambia Wesco 7650.Wesco@chisd.net
Good Morning, I am an educator in Cedar Hill ISD. I was using your power points and resources as a point of reference for my lectures. Unfortunately, I can not access them any longer via the old web address. Can you please send me the new link?
Caldwell County High School
My name is Gretchen Wetzel and I teach biology at Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky. I have enjoyed using your biology website for the last few years and am so impressed with all of the time and effort you have put into it. It truly is the best website I have found for biology. I went to your website the other day and noticed that it is now password protected. I was interested to know if you would grant me access to your site. I have used some of your materials in class and brag on you to my kids every time I use it. Truly, it is fabulous and I have missed being able to use it. Thank you so much for your time!
Williford, Crista [Crista.Williford@oldham.kyschools.us
I stumbled upon your website and you have some wonderful resources! Out of curiosityÖdo you happen to have teacher notes or can you give me an explanation of how you set up ďHow many bears can live in this woods?Ē I am teaching ecology at the beginning of the year and the lab seemed interesting and engaging. If you get a chance I would love to have it as a resource. Thanks for your help!!
North Oldham High School
Kara Wolf email@example.com
SM West High School
Wolinski, Charles S. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mabel Wong email@example.com
Tiffany Woodbury firstname.lastname@example.org
Woullard, Rhonda [email@example.com]
Moss Point HS
I happened upon your website when I was googling photosynthesis videos for my PowerPoint lecture. I would just like to say WOW! I am sure that you already know how valuable this resource is for your parents and students. I am a second year teacher (first year teaching Bio I) and I am working nightly to pull together resources and create my notes/lectures on PowerPoint. I know my students would be more engaged if my slides were more interactive (fill-ins) like your ppt lectures but time is a huge constraint. Your website is my goal for organizing class information into one spot.
I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind...
1. Is access to the book (audio version), phschool, webcodes, etc purchased as a package for each student?
2. Roughly how long did it take to amass the info on your current website? (My school uses Moodle and I am thinking of asking the other 4 biology teachers to help me get a similar site going for next year or after Christmas......right now we all use different notes, sites, etc.)
3. Most of the review games are self-explanatory but I can not figure out exactly how you use/incorporate the card review game........Please explain how this activity works.
Thanks in advance for any further help you provide. Your website has already given me many, many ideas and provided an excellent example of the information I should provide for my students.
Linden High School
Oct 27, 2011
I LOVE your website. Stumbled across it today, and was so excited. This is a one stop shop site. You have done an amazing job at taking all of the activities, labs, notes, and everything else that goes into teaching Biology and put it in one place. As Dept. Chair at a high school in California, I have sent this to all of my Biology and Life Science teachers. Hugs and kisses to you all. Just by chance do you do anything with Integrated Science? My teachers in this area could use some help.
Thank you again, and God Bless You.
Zainab Yahya [firstname.lastname@example.org
You have created brilliant resources. It seems my access has been denied. I'd like to know if these resources are available on CD/ for sale. I'll appreciate a speed response, I'd love to use the mitosis ppt in my lesson tomorrow.
I teach AS Biology in Hackney
Barbara Zemcik email@example.com
Thank you so much for putting together this fantastic resource and sharing it!
I am using one of your PPís in my biology class in NY!
Freida Zuberbueler firstname.lastname@example.org
I deleted all the presentations that you mentioned in your e-mail below.
Please let know if I could be of any further assistance to you.
I am a teacher and these powerpoints were created for my classes. They are
posted on a PASSWORD PROTECTED website.
Some of these are credited to someone named kenmartin2. Just a quick search
led me to these slideshows that are mine.
I would like them to be removed. thanks.
Brookings High School
From: Navtesh Lal [email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:02 PM
To: Riedell, Kelly
Subject: RE: PowerShow.com: Feedback
Thank you for your reply. To answer your question, let me briefly describe
how powershow works. Powershow.com is a free presentation sharing website
that is increasingly being used by the public. When people upload
presentations to our site, we convert them to the much faster-to-download
and more universal Flash format as a free service that benefits both the
presenter and their audiences. We also offer a sharing feature that enables
them to embed their Flash-converted presentations into their own websites.
Again, all for free.
In addition to this, we also automatically list some publicly-posted
third-party presentations on our PowerShow.com website, much like Google
lists millions of third-party websites and presentations (including yours)
on their website. And, again, as a convenience to both the presentation
owners and their audiences, we convert those presentations to the more
user-friendly Flash format then cache at least some of the converted
presentations for faster retrieval by users, much like Google converts the
millions of third-party PDF documents it finds on other websites to the more
convenient HTML format, then caches at least some of the converted documents
on its own website for faster retrieval by users. But in all cases, we give
credit where credit is due and list the presentation owner's name (in the
same form that they provided it) on our website below their presentation(s).
We also provide hyperlinks back to the website that hosts the original
PowerPoint version of the same presentations. These links are designed to
bring our website visitors to the presentation owner's original website
which can become a valuable benefit to the presentation owner over time.
So, bottom line, both your customers benefit (thanks to the more convenient
Flash format) and you benefit (thanks to the potential for increased
exposure and traffic to your website). However, as per requested, your
presentation(s) have been removed from Powershow.com. We apologize for any
concern and/or inconvenience this may have caused you. Have a wonderful day!
From: Kelly.Riedell@k12.sd.us [mailto:Kelly.Riedell@k12.sd.us]
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 6:32 PM
Subject: RE: PowerShow.com: Feedback
I am curious about your website. I did a little search and found another
slideshow that is mine from my webpage.
Who is posting these?
Brookings High School
From: Kelly Riedell [mailto:Kelly.Riedell@k12.sd.us]
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:08 AM
Subject: PowerShow.com: Feedback
I discovered you have one of my slildeshows posted on your site.
Interesting since I did not post it. Would you please remove this. Thank you.
Thank you for bringing that to our attention. As per requested, your presentation has been removed from Powershow.com. We apologize for any concern and/or inconvenience this may have caused you. Have a wonderful day!
NEWBIE AP BIO TEACHERS
PS organize things, what to cover etc.
You don't have to do the exact labs in the book as long as you cover the concepts.
Ex: Do the whole plant version of the transpiration lab instead of the one in the lab book. It is way easier and less mess. The listserve has been talking about this alternative lately. Kim Foglia has a activity posted for doing online fruit fly crosses. This year my students did one actual live cross then used the online link to do more.
2. Discover some websites of really good AP teachers:
Kim Foglia- ExploreBiology site - http://www.explorebiology.com/
She is considered by ALL to be the guru of AP BIO; most if not all AP teachers are using some or all of her stuff. She has Powerpoints for all the chapters, reading guides, activities, labs etc posted. If you email her she will give you a password to access her Teacher Vault which has answer keys to her activities, worksheets, etc PLUS copies of old multiple choice AP BIO exams. You can buy these for like $25/$30 from AP Central, but the AP ones come as hard copies in a book and hers are in electronic form. I use ?'s from old AP exams as my chapter tests.
Cheryl Massengale- Biology Junction - http://www.biologyjunction.com/
Tons of resources, etc.
Kristen Dotti - Catalyst Learning- http://www.catalystlearningcurricula.com/curric_apBio.php
I saw her at a workshop at an NSTA meeting. She sells her curriculum for about $500, but her website has sample activities you can download for free.
Here are some links to others too
I don't claim to be a really good AP Bio teacher (yet) , but I have also put some links on my webpage to things that that helped me starting out.
3. Complete and submit an AUDIT to the AP Central people. This must be a description of what and how you are going to run your class. what labs you will include, how you will address the themes, how much time on different topics, etc If you go to Kim Foglia's site she has a curriculum calculator that you can plug in the number of days you have to work with and it will tell you how to divide up your time between topics Plus she has some audit examples. This has to be approved by AP Central BEFORE you can call a class AP Bio on a student's transcript.
Once your audit is approved it only needs to be recertified every year by your principal and you don't have to turn in an audit each time.
HOWEVER>>> There is a revamp of AP BIO curriculum in the works. They say . . . changing to more student centered rather than cookbook type labs and less focus on details/facts and more on general principles. Supposedly coming in 2011. There hasn't been much info about how this will work from AP Central. I am assuming if they change focus, everyone will have to submit new audits and get reapproved and get new training???? No one knows.
4. Join the Yahoo AP BIO group Archive- Teachers can upload activities, worksheets, labs etc here
5. Find examples of old AP EXAMS and have students "practice how they will play"
Like I said you can buy old multiple choice exams from AP Central or get them from Kim.
AP CENTRAL also has old essays posted with grading rubrics and even some "good" and bad" student answer examples.
Once you get your audit approved, there is a place on the AP Central website where you can download a practice AP Exam with multiple choice ?'s and essay ?'s.
University of Georgia has essays even farther back
6. Figure out which textbook/resources you will use.
You have to buy the lab books from AP CENTRAL.
Most people use Campbell and Reece for a text or the Raven book
I have Campbell because that is what people suggested to me. The consensus on the listserve is that the Raven book is a little easier read for students, but maybe needs to be supplemented more. It is up to you.
If you have $ for extra resources:
Fred and Teresa HoltzclawTest Prep book from Pearson
Cliffs makes an AP Biology study book AND a book with 5 Biology Practice exams
McGraw Hill-5 steps to a 5
There are a ton of other exam prep books too but these are ones I like.
7. Don't freak out over how much there is to cover!
Campbell has 55 chapters and we have 36 weeks of school. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COVER EVERYTHING.
Everyone will tell you that, but I know I need to keep reminding myself of this. It is pretty overwhelming.
If you have other ?'s I would be glad to help if I can.
Good luck. Teaching AP Bio is the toughest job you'll ever love.
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