Category Archives: Student writing

Final Quiz, Part III: What Left Me Wanting More

Earlier this week I posted part II of the final pop quiz I give to my nonmajors biology class. By now, you probably already know that the quiz asks three questions: What was the most important thing you learned about … Continue reading

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Final Quiz, Part II: What I’ll Never Forget

In last week’s post I described the final pop quiz I give to my nonmajors biology class. To recap, the quiz asks three questions: What was the most important thing you learned about biology this semester? What is something you … Continue reading

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Teaching Natural Selection the YouTube Way

One of the hardest parts about teaching evolution is helping students get over their misconceptions about how natural selection works. In a search for “natural selection” on YouTube, I discovered something striking: there are no 1- or 2-minute videos on … Continue reading

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Taylor Mali Videos

I recently came across three excellent videos that I wanted to share with you. Each video stars Taylor Mali, a former teacher turned poet. His poetry advocates the importance of teaching. Video #1: “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the … 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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