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If your child missed a lecture, or needs additional support in a Biology topic, I encourage the following Biology video lectures:
Need to check out a book or video for free (provided you have paid all your fines), without having to spend hours in the library? Try out public library’s catalog, they will email you when your items arrive:

DeKalb Public Library Catalog



View your child's grades online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Visit the Parent Infinite Campus Portal and follow the directions for Registering.

Interesting Reading

Brain Friendly Learning and the Research that supports it…

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Cornell’s Guide to Academic Integrity


Countdown to College

College Planning from the College Board

Coloring in the Classroom

Colour in Learning: It’s Effect on the Retention Rate of Graduate Students. Journal of Education and Practice

The Influence of Colour on Memory Performance: A Review. Malaysian Journal of Medical Science

EOC (End of Course Test Resources)

FAQs on EOC Reports

End-of-Course (EOC) Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

Georgia Milestones End of Course Study/Resource Guides

EOCT Study Guides

Graphic Organizers: Graphic organizers are visual thinking tools that demonstrate relationships between facts, concepts, or ideas, and guide your thinking as you design the map or diagram. Graphic organizers can help to visualize and construct ideas, organize and/or sequence information, plan what to write, increase reading comprehension, brainstorm, organize problems and solutions, compare and contrast ideas, show cause and effect, and more. The ability to color-code thoughts in a picture can help significantly in understanding and remembering the information. Dr. Parrott uses graphic organizers in notes, assignments and they are required on all crib sheets in preparation for every test/exam.

Graphic organizers aid students in developing critical thinking and other higher order thinking skills. (Brookbank,, 1999; DeWispelaere & Kossack, 1996)

Graphic organizers are a helpful tool for improving retention and recall of information for students at all age and skill levels.

(Bos & Anders, 1992; Ritchie & Volkl, 2000)

Graphic organizers may help students develop stronger problem-solving and general mathematical skills and knowledge.

(Braselton & Decker, 1994; Monroe & Orme, 2002)

Graphic organizers may help second language learners improve higher order thinking skills.

(DeWispelaere & Kossack, 1996)

Graphic organizers seem to be quite beneficial for use with learning disabled students, as they help students comprehend content area material, organize information, and retain and recall content.

(Boyle & Weishaar, 1997; Gardill & Jitendra, 1999; Kim et al., 2004)

Research on Graphic Organizers

Using Graphic Organizers to Makes Sense of the Curriculum

The Usefulness of Graphic Organizers in Enhancing Science Learning

Graphic Organizers: A Review of Scientifically Based Research

General Graphic Organizers Examples and Worksheets

Descriptive Concept Maps

Video:Using Google Docs to Make Concept Maps

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Using Graphic Organizers to Makes Sense of the Curriculum

Graphic Organizers: Guiding Principles and Effective Practices

The Use of Graphic Organizers to Enhance Thinking Skills in the Learning of Economics

Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

Graphic Organizers Enhance Student Comprehension


Interactive Notebooks

An interactive notebook is a tool students use to make connections prior to new learning, to revise their thinking, and to deepen their understandings of the world around them. It is the culmination of a student’s work throughout the year that shows both the content learned (input) and the reflective knowledge (output) gained.

Teaching Science With Interactive Notebooks by Kellie Marcarelli

Mallozzi, F., & Heilbronner, N. (2013). The Effects of Using Interactive Student Notebooks and Specific Written Feedback on Seventh Grade Students' Science Process Skills. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 17(3).

Putting it all Together; Understanding

the Research Behind Interactive Notebooks


Exercising Autonomous Learning Approaches through Interactive Notebooks: A Qualitative Case Study

Enhancing Learning With Science Notebooks

Improving Student Achievement in Science with the Interactive Student Notebook



Note Taking

Cornell Note Taking :

The Impact of the Cornell Note-Taking Method on Students’ Performance in a High School Family and Consumer Sciences Class

Notes on Note-Taking: Review of Research and Insights for Students and Instructors

Q Notes


DeKalb County School District Scholarship Guide

Science Opportunities, Information on Summer internships & Science scholarships


Study Skills: (General)


DeKalb County School District Launchpad

Technology Skills

Learn Microsoft Office

Test Prep

Biology EOCT Study Guide

Biology EOCT Released Exam

College Board/Khan Academy SAT Practice (Link your College Board account to Khan Academy so that students may practice for the SAT for free)

EOCT Study Guides (all courses) from GA DOE

Virginia Biology EOCT Released Test

Texas Biology EOCT Released Test

2015, 2014, 2013

Khan Academy (searchable by topic)


SAT (Practice)  

(SAT Question of the Day)

Test Taking Strategies


Typing Skills

Work & Career

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