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Biology 12 June 14th 2016

Biology 12 Lesson Outline                                                 Date: June 14th


Last lessons Reproduction Eval


Today’s Lesson 1.   Reproduction Exam

2.   Hand in text book

3.   The final “hurrah”

Topic 1 I will have your reproduction quiz marked and several exam and several marks regarding to quiz and exam work.  
Topic 2 Please do not forget to bring your text book to class. A replacement book cost over 150 dollars. So..please find your book. I will check text numbers with your book  
Topic 3 A reflective essay on the topic of a badge I found in London, England

“ If your cut corners and you go in circles”


Just the other day, I was lucky enough to chat with a previous a student who has now completed three years at McGill University. She shared with me that university is so competitive and yet she refuses to cheat. She said much of my advice as her teacher was just starting to make sense. Now it is your chance to reflect upon the last year and share some of your wisdom about both what you learned in biology and what other lessons may have been translated.

You have two options for this essay.

Plan A

Your mission is to take the quote above and discuss some of the choices you made this year. It is your chance to voice perhaps wise or less than wise decisions. It is a chance to illustrate not only an understanding of how the body maintains balance but also how you attempted to keep balance in class and in life.


Now I am more than aware that some students did bend and break the rules. In my way, I have addressed these issues. Now it is your turn to reflect upon the whole notion of cutting corners. You may have watched corners being bent or you may have chosen to bend the rules your self. So this is your chance to voice your perceptions or choices.


Plan B

Select a quote that you wish to share about learning about life or studying biology. Using your experience and knowledge gained in Bio 12 and or please share a reflective essay on your experience in class and how it may impact you in the future.


In both cases, please organize your thoughts into a six paragraph essay discussing a thesis topic linked to either of the quotes above. This assignment is meant to communicate ideas and thoughts between you and me the teacher. I am hoping that it will be a beneficial experience for you. Do not stress out about grammar and please do not baffle me with B.S. If you want, you can share some wisdom about your new knowledge about your body and how and why you feel this knowledge is either helpful or not. You may want to evaluate some of your choices and be honest with your reflection about your actions. Yes, I do know some corners were cut and so I would appreciate some feedback. Likewise, in the Big picture, small rationalizations do have a ripple affect.

Take Home msg



Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else.

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. Sophocles


The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’. Dan Rather


The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.

Alice Wellington Rollins

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

–       Aristotle

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”

George Bernard Shaw

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