BILL--The Biology Interactive Learning Log

You will also be spending a lot of time with something called BILL.  In our AP Biology course, students keep an interactive student notebook (ISN), where you will document your learning and interact with course content.  Our ISN is called a Biology Interactive Learning Log, and we will use it daily. 

On any given day, we could be doing one of the following things in our notebook:
  • Solving practice problems
  • Interpreting graphs or diagrams
  • Creating graphic organizers or concept maps about biology content
  • Writing practice free response questions
The activities we will do in our BILL are meant to allow you to interact with the biology content of our class in various ways.  The more ways you interact with biological concepts, the more likely you will be able to apply them to new situations, whether it is a test or a lab investigation. 

To create your BILL, you will need a quad-ruled composition notebook, not a spiral-bound notebook.  I have found the composition notebooks to be much more durable and less likely to have pages lost than the spiral-bound notebooks.  This is important because by the end of the year, you will have a homemade study guide. 

You will need to decorate the cover of your BILL with a collage of some sort that represents you.  I recommend that you cover the front of your notebook with clear packing tape once you have completed the cover to add durability, but also to protect the collage you make.

We will go over how to set up the inside of the BILL in class on the second day of class so be sure you have a composition notebook with you in class so that you can get it set up.  You may be able to purchase a composition notebook from Mrs. Ferguson in class.

It is important that you keep up with your BILL on a daily basis, since this learning log is the physical representation of your processing of course concepts.  We will use this notebook in class on a daily basis to catalog all the learning that you do both inside and outside the classroom, so it is important that you have it with them each day.  Below is a collage that illustrates a little bit about what a BILL is, and how it might appear.


At left:  The cover of Mrs. Ferguson's BILL for this school year.
At top right:  A sampling of what you might be expected to do in the BILL.
At middle right:  A unit cover page in Mrs. Ferguson's 2011-2012 BILL.
At bottom right:  The cover and unit tabs of Mrs. Ferguson's 2011-2012 BILL.