Tag Archives: collaboration

The “Checks”/”Emails” lab: a good start to the semester

We just finished our first week of classes at the University of Oklahoma, and my nonmajors students trooped dutifully into lab on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. To get them talking to each other, one of the icebreaker activities we have done … Continue reading

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Return of the “Clever Cockroaches”

Longtime followers of my blog may remember that nearly two years ago I wrote a post about the misrepresentation of natural selection and evolution in headlines and news stories. In the study that prompted the post, researchers found that coating … Continue reading

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Teaching the Biomes: A Different Approach

I feel like I can do a pretty good job lecturing on most topics at a level that will hold the attention of nonmajors, but two exceptions are cell organelles and biomes. Don’t get me wrong — I love teaching … Continue reading

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“Citizen Science” That Could Save Lives

If a few minutes of your time could help researchers discover a new antibiotic or cancer treatment, wouldn’t you willingly devote that time? It really might turn out to be that easy! Recently, my class was fortunate enough to visit … Continue reading

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Making “Reptilobird” Babies: An Action Center Success Story

I have frequently struggled to help students connect the events of meiosis with the adaptive value of sexual reproduction; it’s hard to get students to look away from the stages of meiosis to see the “big picture” of genetic variability. … Continue reading

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The Incredibly Stretchy Condom: A Lab Success Story

In my nonmajors biology class, our first lab of the semester is about the process and tools of science. Students get to practice with hypothesis-testing, the elements of an experiment, showing data in graphs, and metric units of measure. The … Continue reading

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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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The Versatile Index Card, Part 3

I never thought I would spend this much time writing about index cards, but I tried a new activity in class this week and thought I’d share the results. In my original “Versatile Index Card” post, I mentioned a technique … Continue reading

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The Versatile Index Card, Revisited

In a previous blog post, I listed some of the ways that index cards are useful in class. I mentioned a page by Cathy Davidson describing a step-by-step way to use index cards in a think-pair-share activity. As I wrote … Continue reading

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