Amanda Meyer is a biology teacher at the Asia Pacific International School in Seoul, South Korea. Before her move to an international school this year, Amanda taught a variety of science classes, including Biology, Ecology, Anatomy & Physiology, and AP Biology, for the 13 years in private and public high schools in Minnesota. She was also the District Technology Integration Specialist at her previous school in Minnesota, helping students and teachers with digital tools in the classroom. Amanda has won various teaching awards including the KEYC Golden Apple Award, WEM Outstanding Educator Award, the Medtronic Foundation Science Teaching Award, and the Fox 9 Super Scientist Award. You can follow her musings about teaching and life in general on twitter @AlynnMeyer.
- Amanda and I met through the now-defunct Horizontal Transfer Podcast
- Every time Amanda described her small Minnesota town, I thought of THIS.
- South Korea’s is a world leader in internet connectivity.
- Bring Your Own Device ⟮BYOD) vs School Supplied Mobile Devices
- While often thought of as “Digital Natives,” there are issues with the assumptions associated with this term kids need guidance to use tech.
- Bringing several aspects of our conversation: Time to redesign curriculum for the digital age
- Supporting ESL/ELL/EAL students.
- The role of confusion in inquiry learning.
- Amanda has been using standards based grading withe her first year biology students.
- Amanda is using a flipped classroom model to deliver content.
- When designing her curriculum, Amanda applies simpler cognitive tasks from bloom’s taxonomy in early assessments and builds to wards content creation.
- Amanda’s process standards parallel NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
- Korean academies that they attend after school creates long days for students.
- The pressure-cooker nature of the exam driven culture in South Korea.
- The AP Biology Exam is still the end goal of Amanda’s AP Biology class
- Aaron loves using Beadle and Tatum data for science practices.
- What are advisories and how do you make non-academic connections with students.
- Personalized learning – What is it?
- Amanda’s working to build a PLN closer to her own timezone – twitter chat’s happen with a thirteen hours time shift
- Amanda is setting up a Slack channel to build a PLN… maybe building towards an international school EdCamp
- Amanda’s family is looking forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
- Both Aaron and Amanda are reading Ed Yong’s “I Contain Multitudes”
- Aaron developed his drosophila microbiome lab series while working as part of the American Association of Immunologists Teacher Fellowship
- For Educational Podcasts – we both like Hack-Learning.
- Lots of other podcasts provide great learning opportunities: This Week in Virology, This Week in Microbiology, RadioLab, This American Life, Freakonomics.
- Password managers take time to set up, but are worth it. Amanda uses and recommends 1password
Pick of the Week:
Amanda – Episode #91 from Reply All, “The Russian Passenger.” Check if your email address has been compromised with haveibeenpwned.com
Aaron – For Summer PD I will be attending an NABT/BSCS AP Biology Teacher Academy and a POGIL workshop