You do enough substitute teaching and you can’t help but start thinking like a teacher even in those fields of study not your own. For instance, I’m an English and history guy. Math and science were never my strong suits. But during my days of substitute teaching I learned something very interesting: math and science teachers are more prone to needing a sub than English and history teacher. Don’t know why. What I do know is that it never hurts for a substitute teacher to always have a few emergency lesson plans in the back pocket when you are called upon to sub for a class that isn’t your strong suit. It is always a good idea for substitute teachers to prepare emergency lesson plans in the event that no teaching material was left for you. This tip can be especially useful when it comes to preparing emergency lesson plans for the science of biology. One way to make this difficult discipline more engaging to students is to make dry theory more accessible by keeping it real.
Unfortunately, emergency lesson plans for the science teacher that focus on biological weapons holds the promise of being extraordinarily topical without any notice. Lesson plan ideas you may want to develop could start with helping students come to an understanding of the actual biological science at play in the devastation wrought by these WMD. Science class could even become part history lesson with a lesson plan you develop around the evolution of biological weapons from mustard gas in World War I to the Syrian government’s attack on its own citizens in 2013.
Steroids and Biology
You can’t really go wrong by preparing a emergency lesson plan for a biology class that touches upon the highly relevant topic of steroids. Steroid abuse and the temptation for enhancing performance of student athletes makes this one of the most accessible real world topics an emergency lesson plan could possibly touch upon in a science class. Biology lesson plans could be used to increase awareness of the extent of potential damage to the body that may have escaped many students, including the harm they can inflict upon the liver, circulatory system and immune system. Other biological issues around which to develop lesson plans on steroids include how these drugs can increase aggression and cause extreme mood swings upon abusers.
The Science of Smoking
The biological effects that cigarette smoking has is probably much more familiar to students today thanks to aggressive anti-smoking campaigns. Or, then again, maybe not. Anti-smoking commercials focus on the results of biological change, but avoid the process. An excellent emergency science class lesson plan to always have in your back pocket is one that forces students to research just how rapidly the human body can develop a craving for nicotine. Other ideas for lesson plans on this topic can bring home the long, devastating process of exactly how the respiratory system breaks down to create those ultimate symptoms of smoking-related diseases so explicitly exhibited in those disturbing commercials. Don’t forget to touch upon the extreme damage that can be suffered as a result of secondhand smoke on someone who never smoke a single cigarette.