The First Time

Kisses, Cars, Drinks, Loves ...  There is a first time for everything. In Lab207 this rule is just as true and often the experience is just as intense. The "first" that I have in mind today is the first test. For some reason or other my AP tests have gained a reputation around CMA as an event to be feared. Something that makes students loose sleep the night before and skip class the day of. I don't remember being all that stressed about tests in high school, but maybe my class load was just a bit too easy. For many AP Biology students it is their first exposure to the type of questions that they will be asked and the type of thinking that will be expected of them. With the recent changes to the AP Biology curriculum, this first experience has only been magnified. No longer can students memorize facts and hope to get by. They are now required to think deeply and interact with hard, sometime ambiguous questions. One of my major revisions for this year has been to provide students with a daily practice problem so that they can interact with the new style of questioning in a relatively low-stakes environment. If the scores of this first test (higher than the first test in any other AP class I've lead) are any indication, the strategy has already began to help students develop some of the skills needed to succeed on AP level exams.

With this first in mind, the class spent part of last week engaged in test prep and test taking. These events are both mentioned in Lily Pham's edition of the week in review.

Lily Writes:

In Mr. Kite’s AP Biology class we started off the week studying for our test onUnit 1 that’s on Wednesday. We played jeopardy on Tuesday to help up review, tome it seamed that the review helped the students a lot in preparing for the text. We also started on watching our Unit 2 videos as well. Unit 2 talks about the cells and the 2 different types, along with what organelles are in each cell. The two cells are in2 categories prokaryote and eukaryote. Every cell has a plasma membrane, cytosol,chromosomes and ribosomes. Most organelles have a single membrane but the mitochondrion doesn’t. Prokaryote cells are bacteria and eukaryote cells are everything else. Also on Thursday we did a lab where we learned about surface area and volume and how they correlate with each other.