Ecology and Systems Biology: Studio Day

Students in periods 1, 2, 3, and 5 all received a reading packet with questions about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.  The reading and questions are due tomorrow.

Students in 4th period participated in Studio Day.  Our school has partnered with education researchers from the University of Washington as part of our continuing effort to constantly improve the quality of teaching and content provided to our students.  I was asked to host the Studio Day today, and I could not have been more proud of my students!  For our entry task, which served as the base of our lesson, we applied our understanding of the various factors contributing to the Great Salt Lake ecosystem by projecting ahead 10 years and considering how a decrease in water level might impact the populations of organisms present in the Lake.  We practiced the skill of A/B partner talk and the students used sentence stems to guide them through the process of clearly articulating their thoughts and describing what they were hearing their partner say.  Students shared their ideas, with the opportunity to considered whether the newly shared information altered their thinking.  We will continue to build on this skill as the year goes on.  I look forward to teaching this lesson to my other class periods in the near future.