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FALL EVENT - A Day at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids - September 22, 2018!

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:55 PM by Mark Eberhard



















































The Mi
chigan Association of Biology Teachers (MABT) is hosting a professional development day at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids on Saturday, September 22 and would like to extend a personal invitation to you. This is a great opportunity to see what a wonderful resource a zoo is for helping students to learn about the world around them and their impact on the world. We are teachers at Forest Hills Central High school and have taken all 350 of our 9th and 12th grade biology students to the zoo for the last three years and are excited to share how we build this into our NGSS content. This lesson could be done in any zoo and modified for any grade level. Attached is a flyer with more information and details on registration. Please pass the information about MABT at the Zoo to your teacher colleagues and consider joining us for the day.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.Feel free to share this with anyone you feel could benefit, PD is not limited to high school teachers.  NOTE: ATTACHED to the bottom of this post is a flier with more information!  Open the post and scroll to the bottom folder. 


































You may also register online by clicking here --> REGISTRATION 



Michigan Outstanding Biology Teacher Named

posted Jun 20, 2018, 8:35 PM by Mark Eberhard


Alison Maes
Ferndale High School

Alison Maes earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Arts for Secondary Science Education at Wayne State University. She has taught at Ferndale High School since 1989 and been recognized twice as the teacher of the year at FHS. Her classroom is pupil-centered where students learn from experiments, experiences, data analysis and from each other. Innovative projects in her classes combine biology with engineering and math as students build devices to test their hypotheses or make models that can be used to predict the effect of changing variables. At Ferndale High School, in addition to being the Science Instructional Lead Teacher, Alison started the Secondary Honors Program, founded the Science and Engineering Hall of Fame and chaperones a customized, annual STEM trip taking students to science destinations such as the redwood forest in California, CERN in Switzerland, the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and the Musee de Arts et Metiers in Paris. Outside of the classroom Alison has written biology curriculum for multiple county initiatives and for the State of Michigan. She has facilitated NGSS professional development both within her district and for other local districts and acts a Biology Modeling facilitator in her state.

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