Category Archives: Assignments

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

I just learned that the National Human Genome Research Institute sponsors a Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms. The glossary is available as a free app, which you can find at the Education page at genome.gov. I spent some time with … Continue reading

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Milk, Food Coloring, and Detergent: An Active Learning Activity

In searching for quick science videos I stumbled across the Sick Science! YouTube channel. The videos posted there are short and to the point, they are of very high quality, and they show how to do a wide variety of … Continue reading

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Engaged Learning with Fakebook

Have you ever heard of Fakebook? It is a neat site that allows you to make a fake, Facebook-like page about anything you’d like. Then you can add pictures, profile information, comments, and friends. When I stumbled upon this site … Continue reading

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What Is Biology? An assignment for the first week of class

Mariëlle found some great teaching videos on YouTube the other day. Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown have a YouTube channel called ASAPscience, which boasts “Your weekly dose of fun and interesting science.” Mariëlle and I thought that an assignment built around … Continue reading

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What Is Life? An Active Learning Activity

The American Biology Teacher recently posted an online “How to Do It” article entitled “What Is Life? An Activity to Convey the Complexities of This Simple Question,” by Annie Prud’homme Généreux. In this activity, each student receives a card depicting a … Continue reading

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The Versatile Index Card

I have been thinking about the humble index card. What are some good ways to use them in class or other presentations to large groups? Here’s one way that I use them. On the first day of class, I have … Continue reading

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Little Changes, Big Difference

[EDIT September 1, 2014: “The Kids Marshmallow Experiment” linked below is no longer a YouTube video. Here is an updated link to a different video of the same experiment: Marshmallow Test Reproduced]   The Each semester, my last topic of … Continue reading

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Talk to Your Colleagues

A couple of months ago, I helped form a sort of “teaching club” with some carefully chosen colleagues. The idea originated with a talk by the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Robin Wright, who hosted an excellent workshop on active learning … Continue reading

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“Pointless” Clicker Questions

Clickers are expensive. Since I require students to buy them, I want to use them as much as I can, both in lecture and in lab. Ever since I made the transition to clickers from paper quiz slips, I have … Continue reading

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