Systems Thinking in Biology

A two-day session

Audience: Biology teachers, instructional specialists and coaches
Grade-level focus: High school

Several important themes pervade all domains of science. Known as recurring themes in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), they help students develop a coherent and scientifically based view of the natural world. Among these themes are systems, patterns, scale and proportion, structure and function, cause and effect, energy and matter, and change and constancy. Incorporating a systems approach in science teaching and learning allows students to investigate and make sense of the complex world by defining it in terms of these recurring themes.

In this session, you will investigate the application of research-based recurring themes, which provide students with an organizational framework for making connections that promote deep understanding of topics in high school biology. You will engage in a series of inquiry-based activities designed to highlight the use of these recurring themes in biological systems.

You will receive printed copies of all activities used in this session, as well as a DVD copy of the STAAR Biology: Assessment Activities for the Texas Readiness Standards book.

Sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and include continental breakfast and lunch. Participants are responsible for their hotel accommodations and other travel expenses to the sessions.

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