I hope this isn't the first video you've checked on the website so far, but if it is... Welcome! Give this video a quick look, and read the Introduction I've included in this blog post. It will give you, your parents, and anyone interested a good idea of what the class is going to be about this year
Welcome to Biology!
Biology translates into “The study of Life”
Biology is divided into many specialized fields that cover their morphology (their shape), physiology (How their organ systems interact with one another), anatomy (The structure of their body), behavior, origin, and distribution. Darwin’s discovery of Evolution, the mechanism by which living systems change over time, has revolutionized the way we think about living organisms. In fact, it’s arguable that all human invention has been developed in an effort to extend the biological potential of mankind. Computers help us to think faster, automobiles, airplanes, and trains among other forms of transportation enhance our ability to relocate. A thorough understanding of biological systems can lead to a rich understanding of not only life, but all of the wonders life has added to our planet.
“The Biology curriculum is a complete and thorough body of knowledge. Students of all academic levels can and will achieve its integral plan. This program of study is flexible and provides for the abilities, needs, and interests of all students. Fundamental levels of understanding are followed by the more complex and advanced concepts. As a student progresses through the curriculum they will become better thinkers and take an active role in their own learning by performing numerous inquiry based activities.
The development of curiosity, critical thinking, and inquiring minds is of utmost importance in a democratic society. These processes are most effectively accomplished by investigative hands-on activities. Current biological and environmental issues involve complex thinking and reasoning skills and not just factual knowledge. Therefore, the emphasis on didactic instruction should become minimal and the emphasis on “learning by doing” should drive the educational experience of the students. Learning Biology will help student’s gain an appreciation for the complexity of life and for the delicate balance that exists in their environment and society.
Consequently, through emphasizing safe and skillful use of materials and equipment in Biology, an awareness and concern for safety in all aspects of the individual’s life will develop.
Therefore, the ultimate goal of the Biology curriculum is to strive continuously to develop students to their maximum capabilities. Students will have a comprehensive knowledge in biology as prescribed by the National and New Jersey Science Standards. This knowledge can be applied to real life situations, as well as scientific inquiry.”
(Source: Biology Curriculum, Elizabeth, NJ)