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Boyd Teacher Receives National Aclaim

Posted on: January 5, 2018
Lisa Holt-Taylor

Boyd E. Smith Elementary teacher Lisa Holt-Taylor is receiving national acclaim! Not only has she been published in a national science education journal, she has been invited to present at a national conference for science teachers. Holt-Taylor teaches third-grade science and social studies at Boyd.

 Holt-Taylor’s article was published in the December 2017 Science and Children Journal. Her article “What’s the Buzz on Bees?” shared her unit on flower anatomy and honeybee pollination and how she incorporated inquiry and the engineering design process. This science unit was created and developed as a project for a course on biodiversity through Miami University's Global Field Program.

While in Project Dragonfly, Miami University's Global Field Program, Holt-Taylor took a trip to Kaieteur Falls in Guyana. She also traveled to Belize, Guyana, and the Galapagos. Each course in the program required teachers to come up with a project that could be used in the classroom. 

“It is through this program that I was inspired to create and implement the bee unit used for my third-grade science classes,” Holt-Taylor shared. “I found teaching the unit to be fun and engaging for everyone.  It was so much fun to see the enthusiastic response of my students.”

 In the bee pollinator unit, students planted and observed a seed throughout the unit, dissected two flowers and compared their structures, examined the critical role of the honeybee in pollination and engineered “hand bee pollinators” in response to the honeybee shortage. The unit concluded with students looking at current technology and planting their seedling in their home gardens.

 “Students became involved in the engineering design process: brainstorming ideas, planning, creating, testing on artificial flowers, improving and then retesting on real flowers. Collaboration with peers was very important as well,” Holt-Taylor said.

Holt-Taylor will also share her story in person with science teachers. She was recently invited to present this unit at the National Science and Teacher's Association (NSTA) Conference in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2018.