Tag Archives: engaging students

Brainstorming about Human Movements

Regular readers know I’m a sucker for attractive, thought-provoking videos. I just found this one, called Thousands of Years of Human Migration in Five Minutes. When I saw the title I expected to see humanity spreading across a map of … Continue reading

Posted in Active learning, Assignments, Engaging students, Evolution, Instructional technology, Laboratory activities, Videos | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Laptops for Note-Taking? Doonesbury and Psychologists Weigh In

The Doonesbury strip for June 8 hit on something I was reading about just yesterday. In the strip, a college professor complains to a class full of distracted students about what he calls “your tragic faith in the efficacy of … Continue reading

Posted in Engaging students, Instructional technology, Study skills, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Two Outstanding Videos: One for Natural Selection and One for the Genome

My recent post about natural selection misconceptions prompted a comment from a colleague who endorsed the educational value of Howard Hughes Medical Institute videos and learning materials. I spent some time on HHMI’s BioInteractive site to see what I could … Continue reading

Posted in Engaging students, Evolution, Learning at home, Teaching, Videos | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Giraffe Nerves and Clean Water: Two Videos I Like

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

Posted in Engaging students, Evolution, Instructional technology, Just for fun, Learning at home, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in Active learning, Assignments, Citizen science, Collaboration, Engaging students, Laboratory activities, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Active learning, Assignments, Collaboration, Engaging students, Evolution, Laboratory activities, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 74 Comments

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

Posted in Active learning, Assessment, Engaging students, Student writing, Teaching | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Active learning, Assessment, Assignments, Engaging students, Evolution, Student writing | Tagged , , , ,

Final Quiz, Part I: The Most Important Thing

Last Thursday was the last class of the semester for my nonmajors biology class. For their last pop quiz, I asked three questions: What was the most important thing you learned about biology this semester? What is something you think … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Assignments, Engaging students, Teaching | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Roadkill as a Teaching Tool

Years ago, as I walked home from work, I saw a dead squirrel on the road; the poor thing had just been run over by a car. Each day as I passed that same spot, I watched as the animal’s … Continue reading

Posted in Active learning, Collaboration, Engaging students, Teaching | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments