Ryan Reardon is an IB Biology and IB Environmental Systems instructor at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School (JCIB), in Birmingham, Alabama. Ryan is a nationally recognized biology teacher who fiercely advocates for STEM education. In 2016, Ryan was presented the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST). Ryan has been interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the adoption of new Alabama Science Standards in 2015. Ryan has consulted with a variety of organizations providing resources to science classrooms. This includes working with HHMI BioInteractive as a reviewer of classroom material including a collection of activities on Surveying Elephant Populations. Ryan holds a B.A. in Biology from Rhodes College, and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama. He is also a National Board Certificated Teacher (NBCT) in Adolescent and Young Adult Science Education with a concentration in biology. You can follow Ryan’s musings about biology teaching and life in general on twitter @trg_ryanreardon
- Ryan came to an epiphany about his future life in science when presenting to the North American Benthological Society
- Ryan started working with high school with Biotechnology Outreach through The University of Alabama at Birmingham, McWane Science Center and the Birmingham City Schools
- We should all own t-shirts that say “I’m gonna let the data smack em in the face.”
- Franklin Bell was an early influence on Ryan’s approach to teaching.
- Aaron points out the article “Skip the Cells Unit” from the Science Teacher
- Ryan likes to have students use actual datasets to build Eltonian Pyramids
- Ryan uses Skittles to help model competitive exclusion principle in the activity “Survival of the Sweetest”
- Aaron is using Winogradsky Columns, Duckweed Population growth lab, Floating Discs, Yeast Respiration Lab (still working this one out) to teach Matter and Energy with his alternative program.
- Ryan built mini-ecosystems with a round bottom flask.
- Aaron loves using the AAAS assessment questions
- Ryan wants to take kids out to test the Hypothesis that Moss grows on the North Side of Trees.
- Ryan is meeting with fellow PAEMST teacher Cary James both in the school year and during the summer.
- Ryan teaches his students stats including t-test and regression analysis.
- Aaron and Ryan agree repeating labs (or stats) is powerful with students.
- We discovered that Aaron actual sat in on Ryan’s Mitochondrial Genetics Presentation.
- Aaron built OpenPCR thermocyclers, Ryan is excited to buy miniPCR later this year.
- Someday we will try Phage Hunting.
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