Whitney Aragaki

I teach AP Environmental Science, Algebra 1, and Geometry. I like to swim, practice yoga, and try to keep up with my 2-year old son.




Waiakea High School

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Recent Posts by Whitney

Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:13 PM in Prospective Instructor Questions on Assessment
Hi William, Good job at being so proactive! Love it! I would recommend that you do some backwards mapping, by determining whether your assessment is asking the questions that you would like to know about the content you are teaching. Ensure that you are not throwing *tricks* into it, but having students second-guess themselves, but feel very confident in answering questions. That being said...

Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:06 PM in How to Combine Biology with other content area (collaboration?)

Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:05 PM in How to Combine Biology with other content area (collaboration?)
Hi Osamu, I am happy that your school is developing into an SLC structure. I am currently at a high school on Hawaii Island that has been in the SLC structure for 6 years. What academy will you be a part of? I am in Public Services, which helps me develop curriculum for students geared towards becoming teachers, scientists, lawyers, and military careers . I enjoy my classes because the stude...

Recent Reviews by Whitney

Tue May 07, 2013 4:36 PM
4 Good section on biotechnology
I really liked this SciGuide for its resources on biotechnology. Usually, biotech is a large and vast subject where you search endlessly for information, but this SciGuide really condenses it for teacher consumption. Additionally, I really liked the forensics activity. In the section of inheritance, the links were good but the activity was very generic and did not have much specificity to the content.

Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:22 AM
5 Estuaries
This SciGuide is very informative about estuaries. Being that estuaries are commonly inhabited by large populations, it behooves students to learn about them. I enjoyed the lesson plan on Oil Spill Response and the NERRS. For my AP Environmental Science class, I think it is a good resource because we discuss many different land and water biomes. It is an interesting part of coastal environments that is often overlooked but is fragile and sensitive to pollution. This SciGuide is beneficial also for teachers who are unfamiliar with coastal environments.

Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:12 PM
4 Enjoyable, but not really place-based
This SciGuide was informative about the different Earth structures, including earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. The lesson plans that it provided were all very rooted in technology and computer-based activities. This makes it very helpful for teachers/students who do not necessarily have access to the Earth structures on a daily basis. As a teacher with many examples of geology in my backyard, it makes more sense to go outside with my students rather than view it all online. Either way, both means of delivery give a good overview to students across the world.