Diana is a biology teacher science department chair at Barrington High School, in Barrington, RI. She currently teaches AP Biology. Diana is also the high school science fair coordinator. Diana is involved in a variety of leadership roles that focus on deeper learning and research-based science practices including the BSCS/NABT Leadership Academy. Diana is a regular presenter at State and National conferences. She has also been named the Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Rhode Island. The 2017 District Teacher Of The Year. Diana earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Rhode Island. You can follow Diana on twitter @shieldsdsva
- Diana started teaching by being a teaching assistant for Dr. Charles Owens Microbiology and was later mentored by Paul Tiskus at Rhode Island College.
- Diana was a member of the NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy.
- Here is an example of “I can…” statements
- Diana found making conceptual flow graphics (they are explained in this presentation) profoundly changed her teaching practice.
- Diana and Aaron agree that clear learning objectives are needed for students to learn metacognition
- There are a variety of ways (and challenges) when converting to standards based grades to traditional scores.
- Aaron’s Test corrections protocol
- Aaron uses ZipGrade to grade and get item analysis of his exams.
- Diana explained the Rhode Island Science Standards and their NECAP Assessment
- In Massachusetts we are getting MCAS Science 2.0 and Aaron wonders if they will be like the California science assessment practice test
- We need to have our biology students do more math
- Cherry Picking Data leads to pseudoscience
- Aaron’s biology students are working on the Fast Plant 72-hour Di-hybrid Kit
- Diana is a fan of the BSCS Explanation Tool
- We are both a fan of “Make it Stick” by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, & Mark A. McDaniel
- Aaron Recommended “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen” by Laurie R. King
- What formative assessment really means.
Pick of the Week:
Diana – The Serengeti Rules The Quest To Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters by Sean Carroll. The Teaching Supplement by Paul Strode
Aaron – An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time in the Atlantic. Here is the full journal article in Nature Communications: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01466-8
Music by: https://exmagicians.bandcamp.com/
Show Notes at Lifeoftheschool.org