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An Online Resource for Biology Instruction and Learning

Updated Feb 2014

This website resource contains instruction unit calendars, course notes, assignments, weblinks, and other materials for use by teachers and students. While some lesson plans are included, the intent is more to provide a library of resources for teachers.

These are only intended as suggestions, and are not intended to recommend or mandate the details of a particular course.

Teaching is all about the human connection; teacher-to-student, between students, and within each student. The particular lesson plans, exercises, and resources that are used will vary from teacher to teacher, as it should- if the teacher is excited, the students will be.

Whatever the details, the teacher should always convey the sense of wonder, the sense of the miraculous, the sense of beauty, which pervades the study of the natural world on every scale.

Wherever possible, learning should be from direct experience, or from the students' own questions. If this is not practical, we should teach in the context of a human story, as do all the best educational programs. And never miss an opportunity for students to take control of their own learning- by assigning their own homework, designing their own investigations, or creating their own exam questions.

Weston Contributors: Jennifer Mercury, Jonathan Dietz, Elizabeth Wright

"...You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something..."

-Richard Feynman
US educator & physicist (1918 - 1988)

How Not to Teach: An excerpt from Hard Times by Charles Dickens


On-Line Biology Textbook

Miller and Levine Dragonfly Book( Prentice-Hall Biology)

The Biology Project- University of Arizona


AP Biology Online

Mark Twain: How to Tell a Story


Revised June 2008 by Jonathan Dietz, dietzj@mail.weston.org