Teaching Ecology at High School Level

As a high school teacher, you may encounter a situation where you have to teach a lesson on ecology to your students. This is especially the case if you are a teacher of either biology or geography. At high school level, ecology is usually taught as part of biology. But we also have components of ecology that are covered in geography. In either case, it is usually a ‘unit’ that is meant to be covered within the course of several lessons. By the time the students are through with that ‘unit’, they are expected to have gained a basic understanding of ecology, and the inter-dependencies that define the ecological system.

Now there are certain things that you need to do, if you want to be successful while teaching ecology at high school level. Among them, you need to:

  1. Build on the students’ existing knowledge.
  2. Start with the simpler concepts.
  3. Use practical examples.

It is important to ensure that all your students are present while giving lessons on a subject as critical as that of ecology. If some students miss out on the ecology lessons, they will have lost a great deal. It means that they would be eventually graduating from high school without a critical body of knowledge that they are expected to have. Therefore, if some of your students are absent, you may need to consider following up, to know where they are, and to try to get them in class by the time the actual lessons start. A good place to start in your follow up may be by calling the students’ parents, and trying to find out from them why their kids aren’t in class for the critical lessons. Ideally, you should use the school phone for this purpose. But if the school phone is unavailable for whatever reason, you can consider using your private phone. It shouldn’t be too expensive for you to follow up on students using your personal phone. Like, for instance, if you are on the Metro PCS phone network, you will find that the extra metro pcs payment you will have to make is very modest. In fact, given the information available on the metro pcs pay bill portal, and depending on the Metro PCS plan you are on, you may be able to make the student follow up phone calls without incurring any extra expense. This is because some plans allow you to make as many phone calls as you want, within a given month, for a fixed charge. It may look like a lot of work, but it is definitely worthwhile. Consider that some of the students you introduce to ecology in this way may go ahead to become professional ecologists. Some could even launch academic careers in various ecology faculties.

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