Focusing on the 6 AP Biology Science Practices (SPs)
I have been teaching AP Biology pretty much the same way since I was told to teach the course (in 2014). Yes, I've made adjustments over time, but as a whole, my curriculum has stayed pretty stagnant.
I'm trying to overhaul my units as I approach them, so my first unit getting a major upgrade is my "Unit 0: Skillz" unit. I'm creating a more focused approach, based on the Six Science Practices put out by the College Board (listed in the CED- pages 21 & 22).
It's slow work, but I know it will be worth it in the end. Right now, I'm up to SP 5- statistics. Up to this point, I was able to cover one SP per document, but there is SO MUCH to SP 5 that it will be spread over several separate documents.
As I write this post, I have 8 out of 11 items complete that cover SPs 1-5. The last SP, about argumentation, will hopefully be done in 1-2 sheets as well!
Here is what I have complete at the moment. Many of the documents are free!
AP Biology Science Practices series:
0.0 Science Practices & More (AP Bio Intro to Class) Free resource!
1.0 Models (SPs 1 & 2) Free resource!
1.2 Graphing (SP 4) Free resource!
1.3 Practice Worksheet for Science Practices 1-4. Key is included with resource.
2.1 Standard Deviation (SP 5). Key is included with resource.
2.2 Practice Worksheet for math, basic stats, and SD (SP 5) - coming soon!
2.3 Standard Error (SP 5) - coming soon!
2.5 Chi Square (SP 5) - coming soon!