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Friday, March 1 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Using Debate to Assess Model Based Learning

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Model Based Biology (MBER) and AMTA biology introduce the characteristics of life at the beginning of the school year. Our biology team used a structured debate, centered around whether viruses are living or non-living, to assess our students at the end of this unit. This was done after students developed a model of what it means for something to be a living thing. The outcomes of the debate FAR exceeded our expectations! We will share snapshots of this experience with our students, and a lengthy pile of positive outcomes that went quite beyond our vision for this activity.

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Edward Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my tenth year teaching at the high school level. For the past six years I have taught Biology and Chemistry at Cedar Springs High School. Before working at Cedar Springs I was an Academic Interventionist and teacher at Houghton Lake High School for four years.
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Heidi Schuitema

Biology/Chemistry Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
In my 18th year of teaching, I am very excited that SCIENCE gets it's turn in the spotlight, with our NGSS; based in a wealth of learning research. Next Generation Science Standards inspire and motivate me and I have confidence our students will thrive in a new science setting that... Read More →
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Steve Vree

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
I have been a science teacher for 17 years.

Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
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