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I'm a Science Teacher, Nature Photographer, Husband, Father, and Grandfather who loves to explore the natural world by traveling, photographing and thinking. 


Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Primate Primer - Part 1

This post represents the beginning of an expansion of the scope of the Blue Lion Blog to include my work with biology education as well as my nature photography. Over the more than 20 years of teaching, I have had lots of parents express a desire to be able to visit my classes to learn some of the topics their children come home and talk about over the dinner table. In order to make this something of a reality, I have decided to take certain concepts and create  short five to ten minute videos that can serve as introductions to topics that are not always covered in traditional biology classes. Over time, I hope to develop a wide range of these videos that can serve as a mini course for people who wish they knew more about science, but never has a positive science experience in school. 

Initially, the choice of topics will relate to what I am teaching in class as these productions will serve my middle and high school students as well as the readers of the Blue Lion Blog. As such, the first "installment" deal with and introduction to primates as that is the topic of the coming week for my students as I prepare them to better understand human evolution. 

Just click on the video to view it. I recommend clicking the "full screen" icon in the lower right to make the video larger. I look forward to your feedback!


Cindy said...

Excellent review & even new knowledge for me. I've always loved classification..
Encouraging to know you can teach evolution in Texas. Also good for you, middle school..probably less hamoered by "teaching to the test" & so can explore creatively. Your students are lucky to have you, thanks gor sharing!

John S. Mead said...

Thanks Cindy!
I am VERY lucky to teach at an independent school with a strong emphasis on math & science so teaching evolution is a non issue! I have a great deal of freedom to develop my own curriculum with my fellow department members so that we teach core concepts using content that we as teachers are most adept with. My students are motivated and eager to learn, so I am "pushed" in good ways each day! I like to call it a virtuous cycle.

I appreciate your kind words!