Wednesday, November 18th Schedule

Hey guys,

Very briefly here is our schedule for tomorrow:

  1. Follow up discussion/questions from yesterday.
  2. Rewriting of notes/results from yesterday. Bring the notes you took!
  3. Reading the Last Extinction, the chapter called, “The Sea Around Us.” I will also be assigning the chapter called “Waste” from What are People For to read tomorrow evening to discuss on Thursday.
  4. Discussion on your experiments/POL’s.

See you tomorrow!!

Blog number 3 questions. 

Sorry for the late post. Feel free to explore as many or as few of these questions Im 400-500 words. 

  1. Is all life equal? 
  2. What does it mean to steward animals well? 
  3. Were we made for the earth or was the earth made for us? 
  4. What is the difference between living sustainably and living regeneratively? 

Experiments, Projects, and Presentations of Learning

Hello fellow learners,

So this is a compilation/written record of all the things we have been talking about in regards to your experiments and presentations of learning.


  • This is your personal exploration into the scientific method. In other words, it is your opportunity to practice science and become a scientist. Here are a few guidelines for this part:
    1. This part of the course is, again, the part I will keep for your narrative transcript, as it will be a representation of science that you have done.
      1. you will work through the scientific method in its entirety. (observations, asking a question, doing background research, design an experiment, testing the experiment, collecting data, and drawing conclusions) This is the backbone of what it means to be a scientist, and I want you to be able to use this method in the future in whatever field you find yourself. If you have questions or have ideas which may not be an experiment but are more along the lines of collecting data, (for example a detailed leaf, insect, rock collection, etc) we can discuss that. You will be required to present your work in the form of a paper. If you do an experiment, the basic format looks like this:
  1. Introduction– This is the part where you give background information on your topic. This is where you bring people up to speed on the information they need to know to understand your project. For example, if you did a project on microorganisms in the soil, this would be the place to let your reader know what soil and microorganisms are, how the two interact, and why they are both important. This is also where you state your question, hypothesis, and give a brief “teaser” as to your conclusions.
  2. Methods- This is where you give details on how you did the experiment. The goal is to be specific enough that someone could read your methods and replicate your experiment exactly. For those of you in science olympiad, this is the “write it do it” section of your paper. Avoid bullet points and lists. That is science fair stuff, and we want to move past that and be professional.
  3. Results– Your results are just that: your results. This section normally consists of graphs, charts, and tables, accompanied by brief descriptions explaining what the visual pieces are about. This IS NOT where you try and make sense of the results, it is merely saying, “here is what I found.”
  4. Conclusions- This is the section where you, after looking over what you have discovered through your experiment, decide if your results supported your hypothesis or not. Remember, you are not attempting to prove your hypothesis or disprove it, but to as objectively as possible decide if the experiment results support or do not support your hypothesis.

Again, each of you will turn in your own paper. However, if you want to collaborate with someone else, I am open to that, as long as your papers are not the same. That might look like looking at two different aspects of the same experiment. We can discuss this if you think it may be something you want to do.

Presentations of Learning

Ok, the good news is the presentations of learning are much broader in scope. The only guideline is that it relate back in some reasonable way this course. Remember that these presentations are what we present to the community, so we want them to be a good representation of what our course was about, and what we learned. These could look like art, poetry, music, spoken word, a speech, etc. For those of you who want to do a group project ( aka a chicken coop or garden) your presentation of learning might look like each of you presenting a different aspect of the project. So one might photograph, one might draw a picture of the coop, one might give a speech on regenerative stewardship of chickens, etc.

If you have questions or concerns please email me or come find me at lunch. I would like to cut down on questions concerning these topics in class, unless I specifically set aside time for it. It can be distracting from getting what we need to get done.

I am so proud of all of you, keep up the good work! Please communicate any questions or concerns, remember I am also learning along with you.


Mr. Biles

Last Extinction Reading Week 3.

Hey guys, here are the readings for this week to focus on.

Sixth Extinction- Chapter one.

What are People For?- The pleasures of eating.

Sand County Almanac- July (begins page 44). 

when you have read all three please post on your blog a quick 1-2 sentence summary of each reading, so I know that you read them. Have integrity please!!

Proud of you guys and the work you are doing!!