Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the rigor of college biology and/or AP Biology. Students will study the chemistry and role of cells in life processes, genetics, the diversity of life, behavioral relationships, ecology, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals and much more. This course will not cover evolution or intelligent design. Upon parent request resources will be provided for study of these topics.
Laboratory Activities: Students engage in investigations to understand and explain the behavior of living things through scientific reasoning, analysis, written communication and real-world applications. Lab work will include inquiry-based hands-on and virtual labs that will reinforce topics and encourage critical thinking. Students will write both formal and informal lab reports. Lab supplies required but cost will be held to no more than $60.
Who Should Take This Course: This course is suggested for students interested in majoring in science or medical-related fields. Application required. To apply email Dr. Kanner at the address provided above.
Dr. Kanner received a BS in Biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following post-graduate work at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she practiced full-time in Silver Spring Maryland. Dr. Kanner took a sabbatical from dentistry to homeschool her two children. In 2010, Dr. Kanner launched a career in online science education teaching AP Biology through PA Homeschoolers. In addition to teaching online courses, Dr. Kanner also maintains an active adjunct professor status in the greater Boston area at colleges including Northeastern University, Regis College and Massasoit Community College. Her course offerings include Biology, Biology for Engineers, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry. She is particularly passionate about helping students to understand and appreciate how science directly affects their everyday life.