"Great issue! Yes, the possibility of these beetles adapting is very possible given mechanisms of natural selection. The Wikipedia resources Mary linked to indicate the beetle is a specialist and that field studies in the US indicate it does not…"
"Thanks for sharing this Sarita. Readers comments are even more interesting! I currently seek to go paperless in my classroom. I have my students complete assignments on-line and there are several advantages to that and a few disadvantages. On the…"
Welcome! Have you perused the groups yet? They are at http://www.msteacher2.org/groups or you click on "Groups" from the green menu bar. Find one or two that interest you and join like minded people.
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"Interesting. I think many teachers do try to help students understand where the man made materials they depend upon originate, and even the non-manmade! For example most students cannot tell you the origin of their foods. As a life science teacher,…"
Jessica has some great advice. Another idea is to have more stations than groups of students, so that students who finish first do not have to wait. AND/OR build in a page that is a reading/react activity they can work on while waiting…"
"Wow, these seem like great ways to keep the educational process going while you are out. But it's a little scary too! I'm not sure I want to have that much contact while I'm out because I'm only out when I need to devote my…"
"The four Cs are
* critical thinking and problem solving,
* and creativity and innovation.
For at least half of my units, I have students produce artifacts of evidence of learning/knowledge gained with very specific…"
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