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My name is James Christenson and I am honored to be able to teach here at Pelican Rapids. I remember in college I made a top ten list of towns that I would like to teach in and Pelican Rapids was on this list!! My wife and two kids also share in my enthusiasm about this community. I grew up in Willmar Minnesota, attended Ridgewater college for two years where I received my associates degree. I then moved on to North Dakota State University where I earned my B.S. degree in Biology and Education. I furthered my education by attending St. Thomas University and earned my masters degree in Instruction and Curriculum. I met my wife in college, married, moved to Ada, Minnesota and work in their school system for three years. In 1993 I was hired by the Pelican Rapids school system, my wife was hired in the Fergus Falls school system, and we choose to live here in Pelican Rapids.
This course will be geared to the student with interests in life science and/or planning for post-secondary schooling. During the course, the student will: 1) apply scientific knowledge using hands-on activities to evaluate and appraise the application of data; 2) communicate scientific knowledge by organizing, evaluating, selecting data and explaining its application; 3) investigate cause and effect relationships. The student will also justify his/her position based on cause/effect relationships, examine information and choose a position related to cause and effect; 4) recognize and use the concepts of S/T/S in decision-making. The student will critique current/future technological advances in decision-making. The student will also examine and evaluate information in considering a science career; 5) demonstrate scientific literacy through use of tool and measurement systems. The students will model principles, predict and analyze results; 6) transfer scientific knowledge to life situations by making judgments based on scientific knowledge. The student will also critique and evaluate events based on scientific knowledge; 7) demonstrate process skills and higher order thinking skills by predicting, formulating and evaluating process skills in problem-solving. Topics used to achieve these outcomes: scientific processes and methods, classification, cell structure and function, cell division, genetics and heredity, evolution and natural selection, ecology of living organisms, bacteria, viruses and the immune system. Reading of current information and lab experiments will be used where useful to the method of study.