Chris Monsour is a biology teacher Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio. Chris is a leader of the science teaching community both locally and nationally. He serves as a moderator for the AP Biology Teacher Group on Facebook, serves as an HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador, regularly contributes reviews and articles to “The Biology Teacher”, and has served as the District III coordinator for the National Association of Biology Teachers, and currently oversees the NABT BioClubs. Chris has participated in multiple Earth Expedition trips including to Trinidad, Namibia, and Argentina to study conservation issues. In 2007, Chris was selected to participate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program. Chris has been recognized for his excellence in teach by many awards including the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the 2007 Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and the 2005 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year.
- Chris and Aaron both moderated in the Knuffke Organized AP Biology Review
- Paul Andersen was awesome to Skype with Chris’s Classes last year
- How to avoid death By PowerPoint
- Chris advocates using student surveys to get feedback
- As a part of a project, Chris implemented Lee Ferguson’s BILL system
- Field experiences often relate directly to Data Points resources
- Chris has been connected with HHMI through their Holiday Lectures for nearly a decade.
- Chris is excited about Argumentation Driven Inquiry.
- The Apollo 11 mission’s computers were less powerful than today’s mobile phones
- Social media could be force for good?
- Chris is a member of a committee that was working to stop the epidemic of opiate abuse in Ohio.
- Opiate death data by state from the CDC.
- Chris pushed for an evidence based drug prevention programs and brought a perspective of how schools actually work.
- There are new science standards in Ohio, but don’t call them NGSS.
- Chris uses the “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” to help get literature/non-textbook readings into his classrooms.
- Ohio is one of the states the requires student to take the ACT to graduate.
- Chris volunteers at the Earth Literacy Center in his down time.
- Science keeps changing so you need to keep up and figure out CRISPR and RNAi
- Post-AP Chris will be discussing Eugenics, while Aaron will be tackling Wolbachia and some test labs.
Picks of the Week:
Chris – RadioLab – Particularly the “Henrietta Tumor” Episode. He also recommends the HHMI Ecology resources.
Aaron – http://www.theallium.com/ a science focussed satirical website… inspired by http://www.theonion.com/. “Wolf Reveals Embarrassment At Finding Out He Is Related To Corgis” was a particular favorite of mine.