2016-2017 Science Courses

Science Courses Online

Looking for interesting, engaging yet academic science courses for your student?

My courses will provide a solid foundation in high school sciences and will prepare motivated students for SAT II subject tests or CLEP tests in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Anatomy and Physiology (new online course this year).

For motivated students interested in taking the AP Physics 1 exam, I provide prep resources and will work with you to prepare for the exam.

I also offer an Intro to Chemistry and Physics course for 7th-9th graders.

More course information is available on the website or here and you can message me any questions you have.

Registration is open and courses fill quickly. To register visit: Vicki Dincher’s Science Courses

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy__PhysiologyLooking for a high school anatomy & physiology course for your high school student?

WebEx Time Slot: This class is asynchronous and will meet as needed by student request. I will have regular “office hours” for student help. The time slot is listed as Monday’s from 11-Noon EST but may change.

Cost: $599 (does not include text or lab supplies)

Grades: 11-12 grade

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

Course Length: 34 weeks

Course Begins:  Thursday, August 25, 2016

Course Ends: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Required Text: Advanced Biology: The Human Body, 2nd Edition by Apologia Press, the Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book and recommended: Advanced Biology: The Human Body Student Notebook

Course Goal: Following this course, the motivated student will be well prepared to succeed in college level anatomy and physiology courses taken by most nursing and pre-med/vet majors.

Web-ex Lectures/Discussions: All course lectures are pre-recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience.  Live discussion sessions will be held as needed.  Any live discussion will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times. Regular WebEx “office hours” will be listed once class begins (student time zones will determine office hours) for homework help.

Course Description: This is a college-prep course that provides an advanced study of the human body’s 11 organ systems. The course will primarily be conducted on a learning management system (LMS) called Canvas. Canvas is very easy for a new user to learn, and I will help students become oriented to the platform. Through Canvas, students will access all of their requirements, video lectures, upload and submit assignments, take their exams, engage in threaded discussions, view my feedback, etc.

Lab Activities: Labs are comprised of microscopic study of human tissues and dissection. Most labs will be supplemented by virtual web-based study.

Student Evaluation and Feedback: Students will be graded on homework, labs, and exams. The homework will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions done on the course website and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission (although usual turn-around is 48 hours). All homework is due on the Canvas course website by Friday evenings, midnight EST, unless otherwise noted.

Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students through WebEx by appointment.

Technical needs: To access course materials students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. A scanner is required so that students can scan their completed work and upload it to the website for grading.

Instructor Qualifications: I have a B.S. and M.S. in biology with a minor in mathematics. I have experience teaching at both the secondary and college levels. From 1995-present, I have been teaching biology, chemistry, and physics classes (both first year and AP levels) at several home school co-ops and online since 2010. I’ve homeschooled my own four children who are now all college educated and employed in science fields. My own children used online learning as part of our homeschool, so I’m familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities online homeschooling presents both from student and instructor perspectives. I am passionate about sharing the wonders of science with my students.

Who should apply: Students should be in 11th or 12th grade.  Students must have completed high school level biology and chemistry courses. Also, online learning requires a great degree of organizational and time management skills on the part of the student. So students who are capable of taking responsibility for initiating interaction with the instructor if confused or discouraged should register.

To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Vicki at vdincher@comcast.net

Pre-AP Biology

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking for a high school biology course for your high school student?

I have years of experience teaching biology to homeschoolers, both first year and advanced courses. Look over the info for my class and please let me know if you have any questions.

Pre-AP Biology

Section A – High School Credit Only

Section B – CLEP or SAT II subject test Focus

Instructor: Vicki Dincher vdincher@comcast.net

WebEx Time Slot: Tuesday’s 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Cost: $599 (does not include text or lab supplies)

Grades: 9-11 grade

Prerequisites: none

Course Length: 34 weeks

Course Begins:  Thursday, August 25, 2016 (first live discussion Tuesday, August 30, 2016)

Course Ends: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (last live discussion Tuesday, May 9, 2017)

Test Readiness: Following this course, the motivated student will be well prepared for the SAT II Biology subject test, Biology CLEP test, and/or a future AP Biology course. Success on these exams is dependent on student aptitude and desire/willingness to prepare for the exam. Students are not required to take a standardized test at the conclusion of the course but should desire a strong biology foundation.

Required Texts Sections A & B: Biology: Exploring Life by Campbell, Williamson & Heyden; published by Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0132509253 or 0132508826

Additional Required Text Section B: Sterling CLEP Biology Practice Questions, ISBN-13: 978-1500309404 or ISBN-10: 1500309400 and Princeton Review’s Cracking the SAT II Biology E/M Subject Test, ISBN-13: 978-0804125628 or ISBN-10: 0804125627 both available through Amazon

Course Goal: Following this course, the motivated student will be well prepared to succeed in a future AP biology course and will have covered all concepts necessary to succeed on an SAT II Biology (M or E) or CLEP exam. Success on these exams is dependent on student aptitude and desire/willingness to prepare for the exam.

Web-ex Lectures/Discussions: All course lectures are pre-recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. Two to four times a month, live problem solving and discussion sessions will be held (recorded lecture should be watched prior to problem solving session). These sessions will be designed to provide students assistance with concepts and math problems assigned for homework   Students are not required to “meet” at the scheduled discussion time, but it is encouraged. Scheduled discussion times will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times. Regular WebEx “office hours” will be listed once class begins (student time zones will determine office hours) for individual or group homework help.

Course Description: Science is a way of knowing, a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. This class places emphasis on concept understanding and analysis, discovering biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines, and using scientific and laboratory skills. The science of biology focuses on the study of living things by examining the five fundamental concepts of cellular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and organism physiology. Students will learn scientific writing skills and also examine current biological issues in preparation for CLEP or SAT subject testing and future AP Biology coursework.

Lab Activities: The exciting study of living organisms will be enhanced with approximately twelve hands-on experiments designed to complement the core concepts being studied and fulfilling the lab requirement for a high school science credit. These experiments are designed to be effectively completed at home using household materials when possible, but will also include online investigations which use the internet to engage in the modern world of scientific research, several specimen dissections, and detailed microscopic studies (microscopes strongly recommended, but not required). Suppliers for materials required for experiments not using common household materials will be provided with the course syllabus. A vital skill required for success in college science courses is effective scientific writing. To that end, instruction in the process of writing, revising, and completing a formal lab report will be included. Collaborative research will allow students to work together on the development of a Wiki presentation or some other creative media as way of demonstrating and sharing knowledge gained in a topic of their choice during the second semester of the course.

Student Evaluation and Feedback: Students will be graded on homework, labs, discussions, and exams. The homework will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions done on the course website and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission (although usual turn-around is 48 hours). All homework is due on the Canvas course website by Friday evenings, midnight EST, unless otherwise noted.

Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students through WebEx by appointment.

Technical needs: To access course materials students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. Weekly assignments are downloaded as PDF files from the website. A scanner is required so that students can scan their completed work and upload it to the website for grading.

Time Commitment: The qualified student will spend 5-7 hours per week on this class. This accounts for reading the assigned texts, answering multiple-choice questions, writing short essays and discussing class work and reading assignments with others in the forums.

Course Priorities: The number one priority of this course for students in section B is to prepare them to successfully complete the CLEP and/or SAT Biology (M/E) exams and to prepare them to take a future AP Biology course. This will be done through complete presentation of testable content, providing review materials during the second half of the course, explaining testing strategies, and providing scored practice exams. The number two priority for all students is to expand their appreciation for the amazing complexity, wonder, and diversity of the living organisms that share our planet.

Major Projects: Three projects will be required in this course. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the living cell by choosing from several different project ideas. Students will demonstrate their understanding of genetics by creating a genetics story. And students will work in groups to build a Wiki online demonstrating their understanding of evolution and intelligent design by researching both viewpoints and presenting the evidence on the class wiki.

Who should apply: Students should be in 9th, 10th or 11th grade. The well-prepared applicant also has completed a physical science and life science course in the middle school years or at the very least has had some prior instruction in high school prep chemistry – specifically basic atomic structure, bonding, chemistry of water, and acids/bases (although these concepts will be taught). Also, online learning requires a great degree of organizational and time management skills on the part of the student. So students who are ready to improve in this area and are capable of taking responsibility for initiating interaction with the instructor if confused or discouraged should ask for an application.

To ask a question regarding this class, email Vicki at vdincher@comcast.net

Why Science Notebooks?

Why a student scieda Vinci notebooknce notebook in middle or high school? Good question. Science is a process, a way of understanding the world and all of God’s creation. Science notebooks are a valuable tool used in the process of science that can serve many different purposes. Professional scientists always have their journal or notebook handy to write observations, jot down new ideas, organize data, and take notes as they research new topics. It is a detailed record of their ongoing involvement with scientific phenomenon and a personal account of their scientific thought process. Each scientist’s notebook is an individual work, unique to the scientist. It is the place where the scientist can continually develop and update his scientific reasoning and knowledge. In fact most famous scientists, like Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Graham Bell, kept science notebooks.

Scientists use notebooks to organize scientific knowledge and make it easier to work. Science notebooks in middle and high school will serve many of the same purposes as any professional’s notebook, and can be a useful tool for practicing study skills and learning strategies along the way.

Science notebooks provide the following:

  • a record of a student’s daily science work and a sense of accomplishment
  • a place for students to develop, track, and express their broadening understanding of the new science concepts they’re learning
  • place to practice various study strategies and learning tools as they prepare for college or an after high school career
  • a place to organize data and develop organization, table-making, and graphing skills
  • a complete collection of lab reports for the experiments conducted
  • a concise reference book should you decide to take an SAT II subject or CLEP exam (at the high school level)
  • a way to demonstrate a student’s progress in the study of science to evaluators or for college portfolios

Science notebooks aid students in establishing a daily routine that focuses on learning science by doing science. Organizational and communication skills are critical in any profession but are very important in science. Science notebooks help students develop skills in making tables, graphs, charts, and labeled drawings as ways of efficiently documenting, representing, and displaying data. The science notebook serves as a reference tool allowing students to look up previous discoveries and relationships and to structure the importance of the information.

Science notebooks also help students think critically about the concepts they’re discovering by encouraging them to explore ideas and think about how new concepts fit into what they already know. Science notebooks help students place new concepts in context so that new information makes more sense. Professional scientists are always writing down their thoughts as they are working through science experiments or problems. Their notebook is a place for them to mentally “mess around” with the information to see if they can come to any novel understanding. Likewise, science notebooks help students think and conduct themselves like professional scientists, recording their entire journey through a progression of science concepts. Looking back over their science notebook at the end of the year will give the student (and anyone looking through it) a good idea of just how far their understanding of God’s fascinating world has come.

Looking for Online Science Classes?

Science courses

If you’re looking for an academic and lively alternative to your home school science program, then check out my science courses. With a combination of recorded lectures, lively discussions, and detailed teacher feedback these courses will help your student succeed and enjoy science!

You can download some informational sheets from this website or you can message me any questions. I’d love to hear from you!

And as of this fall (2014) my physics course will be aligned with the new AP Physics 1 exam. So for any students interested in taking that course in May of 2015, I will help them to prepare for the exam. Prerequisites for the course and the AP Physics 1 exam are successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Algebra II taken concurrently is acceptable. No prior physics is required.

Aim Academy Interview

Interview with Vicki

vicki & jill

Recently Jill Panyard, Debra Bell’s executive assistant, interviewed me about my Aim Academy classes and several other things. So if you’d like to know more about my classes, check out the video snippets below.

 

Part 1:

Vicki’s responses to:

  • How do you teach your child science at home?
  • What are the benefits of learning on-line?
  • What tools are available on-line for science classes?
  • What classes does Vicki teach?

Part 2:

Vicki’s responses to:

  • How do kids effectively conduct labs with an on-line class?
  • Who should and should not register for on-line classes?
  • What AP classes are available on-line?
  • What is the advantage of taking a pre-AP or AP science class?

Part 3:

    • Vicki’s background and family.
    • Topics Vicki speaks on at conferences.
    • Description of Vicki’s Apologia Science notebooks and their purpose.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on anything mentioned in the videos or on this website, just message me and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.