Last year I started what I believed to be the only year-long, high school level Ornithology class in the state of California. If there are others out there I would love to hear from you!
My students mostly have no experience with birding, so we start from scratch. At the end of last year one of my student's told me she was mad at me because now she can't go anywhere without looking at birds and all her family and friends thinks she is crazy. I told her, "Join the club!"
Among other things, my class utilizes BirdSleuth's Most Wanted Birds and Investigating Evidence teaching materials. We also go on weekly bird walks and enter all of our data on eBird. I just participated in a BirdCam webinar and hope to incorporate that resource in my teaching as well. This summer I will be going to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the BirdSleuth Educator retreat to learn how to use the new Habitat Connections Kit with my students.
I am still feeling my way with this class. I have only a college level textbook (difficult for my students) and materials I have cobbled together to fill a year's worth of content. Thanks to BirdSleuth and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, I have found some great materials to turn my students into active, enthusiastic scientists.