Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9–11; 12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: M/W/F 2:00 p.m. ET with Dr. Kathryn Morton
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. In our Biology course students will study God’s living creation. In looking deeply and broadly at the living world, our response should be to glorify our Creator. In glorifying God, we begin to enjoy him now. As we move through our course, we will rest with this end in mind.
Our time together as a class will include opportunities for students to both listen to further explanation of content included in their assigned reading, and to clearly present what they have learned from their independent study. Students will be given opportunities to write about currently debated topics in the field of biology. Students will write about biological ideas and concepts weekly in response to questions that require them to both think clearly and accurately apply what they are learning. Our class will remember and recall learning from earlier chapters through review on a regular basis to sustain a foundation for deeper study.
Students of Schole Academy’s biology course will be expected to actively participate in learning through independent study, discussion, and laboratory experimentation. This course contains a substantial laboratory component in which students will learn basic mi- croscopy and dissection, employ the scientific method, and learn to write a formal lab re- port. Most laboratory exercises will take place during classroom time and will be instruc- tor-led. At times, for labs that require multiple days, students will need to complete some laboratory preparation at home prior to class.
One week of class time will be given to exploring terms used to describe a variety of Chris- tian views on the origin of life and the origin of human life. These views will include young earth creationism, old earth creationism, intelligent design, and theistic evolution. The goal of these conversations will be to inform students about these terms, to present rea- sons for these positions in the debate, and to note questions that might be asked of each view. Students will be given the opportunity to write to clarify their point of view, or to support a view separate from what they hold to in an effort to more fully examine that view. Students will not be required to accept one view over another, and they will be en- couraged to seek the counsel of the Lord, their church, their family, and their own study to grow in their understanding of the long history of this debate. Ephesians 1:4-5 reminds us that Christ chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love we were predestined for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in ac- cordance with his pleasure and will. Even in questioning the science of how and when life and humanity began, we may rest in knowing how and when and through Whom we are called to be holy and blameless.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in laboratory science.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.
Sample Materials: This is a sample of the kinds of materials that will be required for this class, but the final list has not been determined yet.
- Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition by Wile and Durnell
- Human Anatomy in Full Color by John Green (Students may use the Kindle version instead of a hard copy should they wish, as long as they can read the text, see the diagrams, and access it easily during class.)
- Apologia Biology Dissection Kit
- A lab notebook (composition notebook or spiral notebook)
- Misc. laboratory supplies/household items (specific list to be provided by instructor)
It is preferred but not required that students have their own microscope and slide kit for labs.
- Apologia Biology lab set with microscope (does not include dissection kit)
- Apologia Biology slide kit only (does not include microscope or dissection kit)
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Dr. Kathryn Morton has a BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a DVM from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she moved to Pennsylvania to work as a clinical research veterinarian on a large dairy farm. From there she transitioned to a busy, small animal practice doing medicine and surgery. When the call of homeschooling touched her heart, she left private practice to focus on her husband and six children. She has been teaching math and science courses to the homeschooled students in her local community for 13 years and she heads a robotics club at her town’s public library. She is a lifetime learner and enjoys teaching students about the beauty of the creation and helping them grasp complex topics. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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