Dorothy Ginnett

I am a Wildlife Ecologist and have worked as a science educator at the secondary and post-secondary levels. I enjoy connecting students to the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Currently, I teach high school science at Auburndale High School in rural central Wisconsin. Courses taught include: Life Science, College Biology (dual credit with Univ. of WI-Oshkosh), Anatomy & Physiology, Environmental Science and Biotechnology. In addition to my face-to-face teaching, I teach 3 fully online high school courses for Wisconsin Virtual School: AP Biology, AP Environmental Science & Biotechnology. In addition to teaching, I am a NSTA Senior Online Advisor & NSTA Web Seminar Moderator and currently serve in a leadership role as the District 5 Director for the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST). In the past, I have enjoyed facilitating teacher professional development as an adjunct instructor (UW-Stevens Point) and Science Curriculum Specialist (CESA 5, WI).




Auburndale Middle/High School, Auburndale, WI & Wisconsin Virtual School, Tomahawk, WI

Recent Posts by Dorothy

Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:44 AM in Engineering in Biology
Hi Kaitlyn -  I have been using Biomimicry to integrate engineering into Life Science at the High School level  for the past 2 years. It's really engaging for students and allows for great creativity and exploration.   Check out the Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge (middle school & high school challenge) from the Biomimicry Institufe . There are some teaching lesson plans and v...

Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:38 AM in Rural Schools and NGSS Implementation
Hi Bev -  Great ideas!  I've included these topics into Life Science/Biology: - History of the Earth (with Evolution unit), - Global Carbon Cycling (with Ecology/Climate Change topics), - Conditions on other planets (with discussion of characteristics/requirements for life), - Plate tectonics (with discussions of global biodiversity, biogeography) etc.  The physical science teac...

Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:34 PM in Science Safety Handbook
Agreed.  Flinn has great safety resources. They also have Safety Contracts & Exams online that you can print for high school, middle school or college in English and/or Spanish.   NSTA also has excellent NSTA Safety in the Science Classroom resources    

Recent Reviews by Dorothy

Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:29 PM
5 Animal Locomotion and NGSS
This article presents a series of engaging student centered activities and a project on animal locomotion. This vertebrate trackway analysis is a NGSS based integration of engineering and math into biology and earth science classes. Students collect and analyze data on human stride patterns and dinosaur trackways to study the biomechanics of animal locomotion. There are excellent web based resources provided to assist with classroom implementation.

Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:45 PM
4 Climate Change and NGSS
This Green Room article provides creative teaching ideas and excellent website resources for updated information on Climate Change. These resources can assist you with integrating climate change into your curriculum as you work to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Mon May 12, 2014 6:47 PM
5 The ebook Revolution
This short article is an excellent overview of the potential of interactive digital etexts for enhancing student learning and of the pitfalls associated with etext integration. The SAMR model for technology integration is discussed in the context of etext adoption (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification Redefinition). Of particular interest it the potential to "future-proof" etexts with digital updates.

Recent Public Collections by Dorothy


27 Resources

Biodiversity teaching resources and content background for K-12 educators.

The Galapagos
Type: Journal Article

Nature in the City: Outdoor projects for urban schools
Type: Journal Article

Geologic Time

1 Resources

Science Sampler: Taking steps to understand geologic time
Type: Journal Article

Nature of Science

10 Resources

Resource collection on the nature of science, scientific method and scientific inquiry.

NSTA Position Statement on Scientific Inquiry and Education
Type: User uploaded resource

Podcast: How Science REALLY Gets Done: Scientific Method
Type: Podcast