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Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit

From: Deanna Gess <dcfisher70@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri Jul 22 2005 - 10:22:38 EDT

I was up until 3:30 am doing this stuff! I am about sick of coffee. It is Friday morning and I still have one more unit to do! I don't see how we could spend 40 hours a week on this stuff either. Crazy! I think the class is pass/fail basis with 80% passing, so we should be fine. I just worry too much thats all.

That is crazy that you went to Clemson! I am actually from Spartanburg, SC which is not far at all and I went to school at College of Charleston.  Talk about party school.  I hear ya! And I was at Clemson a time or two with a friend and experienced your fun too. Ha!

I have not turned my TV on or had any free time since Tuesday morning when I returned from out of town. I have been doing this stuff nonstop. I can't wait until tonight either. Some friends want to go out and do something, but I would much rather stay on my sofa with a book!

I did not use my bio degree after college and I always wondered about envronmental jobs and stuff. I can't believe you had to work that much. Getting dressed for teaching is so worth it!! I wish I taught Life Science. I love all the subjects there. Environment science is great too, but there are only two classes of it at my school. Last year I was part time because of it.

Well good luck with finishing up today!!
Dee F. Gess




>From: "Jen Wells" <wellsj@sau25.net>
>Reply-To: Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY<channel-talkbio@learner.org>
>To: "Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY" <channel-talkbio@learner.org>
>Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
>Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 22:06:04 -0400
>
>I teach 7th grade Life Science with a little environmental science and chemistry tossed in Bedford, NH. We are right outside of Manchester-the state's biggest city. I don't think Macon is that far from my old stomping grounds though-I went to Clemson for my undergrad.
> It is 9:42 Thursday the 21st and I'm watching the show "Hooking Up". I am so brain dead. I actually finished all of the units, but have four random activities that I had difficulties and need to finish. I did most of my lesson plan for my activity and am about 2/3 of the way through my reflection paper. Tomorrow is another day and I can brew another pot of coffee. My husband just picked up a DUI grant to work tomorrow night, so I might stay home with a movie or book and a couple of green apple martinis!! Relaxing is such a novel concept. I am filling in for a friend with summer school next week, but she is doing the lesson plans for me as I told her that I was too bogged down. Good thing b/c it is math which is NOT a strong topic for me.
> I got my Master's in Ed back in 2002 after I decided to go back to school to be a teacher. Before that, I worked for an environmental lab (ironic) doing aquatic tests for the States of NH, MA, ME and CT and then the EPA. It sounds fun, but I had my face against the proverbial glass ceiling. We were a small lab, and I had learned all that I could and was as high on the ladder as I could be. There are days that I miss going to work in jeans and a t-shirt w/o makeup and hiding in the micro room or down running chemistries, but I had to work 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year. I guess weekends and summers off make up for having to get dressed and wearing makeup! I'm taking this course as I work toward's my +15 hours. I told my husband that all this work is the only way a teacher can make a few more bucks. He appreciates working $30/hr details on the side of a road so much more now!
> When I did the chemistry class, I was really confused by the expectations. 40-45 minutes of work outside of the homework-you have got to be kidding me! I'm spending on average 4-5 hours on each of the activities alone! I wrote a reflection paper that was 3 pages long and I talked about my thoughts about the course and what I did or didn't like. My project had a lesson plan (I never do these in real life so these are tough), a copy of an activity that I teach and a couple of examples from students. I then wrote a one page reflection about the lab and how I think my students did. For the journal, I answered the questions that went along with each video (they had things for you to answer about what you saw) and the homework questions. I put everything into a three prong binder and sent it in. By the end, I didn't even care anymore if I passed or not b/c I was so exhausted. That's kind of where I'm at now!!
> I did find some of these topics really tough also. I graduated from Clemson in 92 and was not the most diligent student at all times (you've probably heard of the reputation as a party school). I wouldn't change much if I could go back, but I would take school more seriously. I scraped by most of my major classes with B's and C's. I think that's why I try so hard now.
> OK, now I've gone on too long. I'm off to bed to refuel. Keep up the work-you're almost there! Reward yourself tomorrow night and don't think about it until August. I'm not sure how they grade us, but I think that as long as we do all of our work and document everything, we should pass. :)
>Jen
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Deanna Gess
> To: channel-talkbio@learner.org
> Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 4:26 PM
> Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
>
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> I teach 8th grade envronmental science in Macon, GA. What about you? I would never tell them how much I procrastinate either. I feel so ridiculous right now! I still have a good bit to do. (5 more units) Things just kept coming up...other classes, out of town weddings... I feel like I need to celebrate tomorrow night after I mail this off because of the week I have put myself through! Are you working towards your masters or what? I am doing a masters in teaching and I had to take a few grad level bio courses which is what I am getting certified in. I have a bio undergrad degree, but some of this stuff is hard! It is taking me a while to figure it out.
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> When I read the intructions for the course I thought we had to write a little reflection type thing after every activity that should be part of our journal. That is what I have been doing. But your idea sound great! Then I already have ton of the paper written because I have been doing that all along. I was just scared of not documenting enough participation. But what else are you to do when you are working individually, you know? I think you had said you took one of their classes before? Did you put your name and address on each paper like it says in the instructions or just on your notebook? I worry about too much...
>
> And this is a long email! Can you tell I am still procrastinating!!! When will I learn?? Ha!
>
> Dee F. Gess
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> >From: "Jen Wells" <wellsj@sau25.net>
> >Reply-To: Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY<channel-talkbio@learner.org>
> >To: "Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY" <channel-talkbio@learner.org>
> >Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
> >Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 18:26:09 -0400
> >
> >What I'm doing for my journal is all my responses to the unit activities. I've answered the questions, done some internet research and included any graphs or tables made. (You should see my poor drawing of the penny!) If I had to do an acitivity, I'm including any proof of work either on another piece of paper or in the explanation of my results.
> > For my reflection paper, I might break down what I liked and didn't like for each unit. Otherwise, I don't know how I could do a 3-5 page paper on 13 different units.
> > I'm on the last unit-Genetically Modified Organisms. That and Biodiversity should have been first as I'm enjoying them the least (course it could be b/c I'm mentally exhausted). Can't wait for Friday night!
> > Where do you teach? What grade/subject? I agree on the Channel Talk discussions-I meant to start earlier, but kept putting it off. Then I couldn't get in for some reason, so I had to re-apply to Channel Talk. Oh well.
> > Time to finish this up! The grind is on (I'll never tell my students how badly I procrastinate).
> >Jen
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Deanna Gess
> > To: channel-talkbio@learner.org
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 7:10 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
> >
> >
> > I wish there were more people too. Too bad we didn't start discussing this stuff earlier! For the journal documenting your work, are you only including what you did for the activities? I started off writing little journal entries after every unit, but now I am thinking of using those in my reflective paper. I am a little worried I don't have enough documentation that I did the work, you know? And on demonstrations like the PCR in microbial diversity...are you including what you made when you mail the work off?
> >
> > That project sounds cool. I just took a Bio-sex & drugs class and we touched on that. Very interesting! That would be great to get the students to realize how dangerous drugs are. They have no idea. I don't have a great project topic yet, I have to dig around for some lesson plans and think on them.
> > Dee F. Gess
> >
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> > >From: "Jen Wells" <wellsj@sau25.net>
> > >Reply-To: Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY<channel-talkbio@learner.org>
> > >To: "Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY" <channel-talkbio@learner.org>
> > >Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
> > >Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 14:52:19 -0400
> > >
> > >Dee-
> > > I took the Reactions in Chemistry course this spring and did basically what I'm doing now. The main difference is that I was in school and teach an intro to Chem. unit. Overall, the course was interesting, but too advanced for me to teach. At least I hope that I understand some topics in Chemistry better! For my course reflection paper, I talked about my feelings about the course, its topics and effectiveness and whether or not I could implement them. I'll probably do the same for this one. As I teach a lot of these topics on an introductory level, I really have enjoyed learning more in depth concepts. I'm going to do a proposed project on the affect of Ecstasy on the brain. I loved the Neuro. section and know how big Ecstasy has become lately on the drug scene (my husband is a cop). If I taught high school, where I would have more freedom to teach tough topics, this would be something I might do as hopefully I could prevent some students from trying it due to its affects on the brain. My husband has offered to try it, and as it is a new project, I'll do it as well. I'll just mention in my lesson reflection the lack of kids in my area. I had received an e-mail from a person by the name of Tara who had just sent out all of her work for this class. I wish that they had more people involved or an easier way to find help for some of the activities( perhaps fix the typos as well).
> > >Jen
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: Deanna Gess
> > > To: channel-talkbio@learner.org
> > > Sent: Tuesday, July 19,, 2005 12:38 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
> > >
> > >
> > > I am not sure if you were addressing me or not? I am doing this alone as well, and I only teach 8th grade environmental science. I am working towards my certification in teaching HS biology so I guess I will develop a project for that. I am also worrying if I am doing enough written work for it. I am doing the same thing you are doing so hopefully we will be okay. I am taking this over the summer so I will be sending everything off on Friday. I can't believe it is already here! What are you writing in your reflective paper? Didn't it say in the directions that the project can be proposed? I won't have any students for examples of work either. I don't think I can talk my husband into it. ha! He has his own classes to study for.
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> > > Dee F. Gess
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> > > >From: "Jen Wells" <wellsj@sau25.net>
> > > >Reply-To: Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY<channel-talkbio@learner.org>
> > > >To: "Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY" <channel-talkbio@learner.org>
> > > >Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
> > > >Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 12:20:10 -0400
> > > >
> > > >Tara-
> > > > Did you do this by yourself or in a group? I'm doing this on my own and wonder if I've done enough or not. I've spent the bulk of the last three weeks watching videos, reading the text and doing all the activities. I've typed up all of my responses and just need to finalize a project. I teach 7th grade, so much of these topics are not approached. I teach an introductory unit on Genetics and Evolution, but do not get into as much detail. I also have no students for the student work! The only kids around me are in elementary school. I may have to beg my husband to be my student.
> > > >Have you recieved your grade yet or did you submit for the summer as well?
> > > >Jen
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: tara yohan
> > > > To: Discussion list for REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY
> > > > Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 11:22 AM
> > > > Subject: Re: [Channel-talkbio] Human Evolution Unit
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Hi Jen, I just sent my materials in and don't have my activities with me but I do remember a couple places where the directions were confusing. I was glad they supplied answers so I could figure it out backwards. I think you wil still be able to answer the questions and understand what they want even if the activity doesn't quite work. Tara
> > > >
> > > > PS I am glad I finally got an email through this, I registered in April and hadn't heard anything until you, unfortunately I finished the course already.
> > > >
> > > > Jen Wells <wellsj@sau25.net> wrote:
> > > > I am trying to work on the Molecular Clock activity for the Human Evolution Unit. In part 2, I am supposed to calibrate the clock of sequence divergence to known age, but the manual told me to put the sequence divergence on the X axis and the known age on the Y axis. A proper line graph should have the controlled data, in this case the known age, on the X axis. Am I correct in my belief or do they know something that I do not?
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