The Importance of the AP Biology Learning Objectives

The Importance of the AP Biology Learning Objectives

The importance of the AP Biology learning objectives has been firmly established. Teachers of AP Biology need tools to aid them as they continue to organize and assimilate the objectives into their courses. I’m a visual learner, but I also like to manipulate information in a tangible way; I made lots of flashcards in college. And so—driven by my love for manipulatives—I formatted the 149 AP Biology learning objectives into sheets of equally sized boxes, perfect for cutting into cards.

AP Biology Grid-In Questions | Practice Worksheet

AP Biology Grid-In Questions | Practice Worksheet

With the new AP Biology Exam just over two months away, I’ve started thinking more about the new question formats. According to the College Board, the first half of the exam will have 69 questions; 6 of these will be grid-in questions. These questions require numerical responses and the answers must be entered into a grid on the answer sheet. Here’s a resource I created in order to prepare my students for this unique question style.

Examples of Formative Assessment with Live Polling

Examples of Formative Assessment with Live Polling

If you’ve participated in any educational professional development training in the last couple of years, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “formative assessment.” I can personally attest that it’s easy to forget the actual definition of such a term. The lexicon of educational strategies is ripe with “buzz” words rattled off in conversations between educators, the true understanding of their meaning often hazy. Sometimes its hard to dissect the efficacy of new teaching strategies. After all, the weekly cycle of planning, instructing, and assessing provides little time for casual experimentation with every “pedagogical technique du jour.” So, you may find yourself asking, “What is formative assessment?”