From: $88.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live class: Wednesdays 1:30–2:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th – April 30th

Price: $625

Instructor: Dr. Terri Kanner

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Course Description

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This live online biology class provides a survey of the basic concepts of biology. Students will be introduced to cells, heredity, DNA structure and function, classification, ecology, and many other topics including the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. It is designed to provide an opportunity to explore various topics of biology with a focus on how these topics play an essential role in everyday life. Students will investigate the basic form and function of the vast number of organisms on earth and will consider the interactions among them. Biotechnology and how it impacts human health and daily life will also be explored.

Students will engage in investigations that incorporate scientific reasoning and analysis to understand and explain the behavior of living things. Beyond gaining fundamental knowledge about the facts, concepts, and theories of biology, the goal is for students to be able to effectively communicate and use their knowledge of biology to enrich their lives and the lives of others. There is also an advanced section of this course.

Course Structure

Classes meet live once a week for 55 minutes and are recorded. A recording of the class will be posted within 24 hours of the class meeting.

Each week assignments and a guided notes document will be posted on the course website. Students will be required to read the text and complete and submit the guided notes. They may also, depending on the topic, be asked to complete a lab (virtual or hands-on or both) and/or activity. Separate postings and submission links will be posted for all additional activities and labs.

Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours a week on Biology. In general, students will complete one chapter/week. Students will write at least two formal lab reports. No formal papers are required.

Who should enroll?

Students in grades 9 – 12 are welcome to enroll – no application is necessary. Enrollment of advanced 8th grade students will be considered – contact me via email. There are no prerequisites.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Scanner or a scan App such as Turbo Scan

Evaluation and Feedback

Student work will generally be evaluated and scored based on completeness, timeliness, accuracy and effort. Students will be given an opportunity to correct submitted work and improve their score as long as an initial reasonable attempt was made and it was submitted on time. Work will be graded within one week of submission. If students need help, a private recorded Zoom chat can be arranged for one-one assistance.

Student communication will be through Canvas – assignment feedback and email.


Parents may contact me before and/or after registration. However, during the school year I prefer that parents let their student handle communicating with me with regard to class work. The “art of communicating with the teacher” needs to be learned early and repeatedly reinforced prior to college. Parents, however, are welcome to contact me regarding all other topics.

Required Texts

Required Text: Miller, Kenneth R, and Joseph S. Levine. Prentice Hall Biology. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Print. (Dragonfly edition) ISBN-13: 978-0132013499

Lab supplies – list to be provided at beginning of each semester (all supplies are easy and inexpensive to obtain).

1 review for Biology

  1. Student

    This has been an amazing class! and you are a really engaging teacher and explain and teach things thoroughly and clearly!

  2. Kaylee J.

    I loved having you as a teacher this year! Being able to talk back and forth in classes really helped me understand topics deeper with real world examples. The virtual labs were REALLY useful and were some of my favorite assignment types. I really hope to return as one of your students again soon!

  3. Karin Zhou (verified owner)

    My son took Dr. Kanner’s Biology course this 2018-2019 school year and has enjoyed it very much because the class was engaging and well organized. Dr. Kanner made it interesting by giving numerous real life examples to illustrate the various concepts. The class was rigorous and the workload was manageable. Weekly homework included the completion of Guided Notes with frequent either virtual or hands-on labs. Every week was a quiz and about every 5-6 weeks a larger test. Dr. Kanner was always open to questions and responded quickly. In fact, we liked her class so much that my younger son signed-up for her class next year.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Terri Kanner

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.