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If your students are like mine, no location on campus is scarier than your office. Did you know that their reluctance to come to your office hours actually has a medical cause? I didn’t until I saw this funny new … Continue reading
A guest post by Matt Taylor After the end of every semester, some of us delight in reading student evaluations. Others might dread seeing them, and still others might pay as little attention to them as possible. Beyond the end-of-semester … Continue reading
An AsapScience video has inspired me to try a new activity in class. We’ve talked about AsapScience before. It’s a YouTube channel that creates weekly videos explaining the answers to frequently asked science questions. Last week’s video was titled “7 Myths … Continue reading
I came across two YouTube videos recently that have nothing to do with one another except that (1) they could be useful to biology teachers and (2) they caught my attention recently. Without further ado, I’ll share … First, a … Continue reading
Thanks to my friend Michael Windelspecht at Ricochet Science for pointing out that ASAP Science has been posting YouTube videos relating biology to the Olympics. The ASAP Science videos are brief and fun-to-watch, and they present content supported by research. … Continue reading
Here’s a new reason to have your students study those animal tissue micrographs: They can see for themselves what’s really in a hot dog! Yes, scientists have used standard techniques in pathology to find out the truth. Take a look … Continue reading
I imagine this has been around for a while, but my class is just starting its inheritance unit and the Biologists’s Mother’s Day Song recently came to my attention. I know it’s not even close to Mother’s Day, but the … Continue reading
I recently visited Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, in the countryside southeast of London. Of course I expected to learn more about the man’s background and his writings on evolution, and I looked forward to seeing the study … Continue reading
I recently saw a lovely video that has nothing to do with biology. It is a time-lapse video of an artist jolting a plywood board with 15,000 volts of electricity. The accompanying text on an EarthSky blog page concisely connects … Continue reading