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  • Dollar Store Idea for Teaching Genetics

    Dollar Store Ideas: Easter Egg Genetics!

    It’s that time of year!   Time to stock up on plastic easter eggs.  It’s actually pretty difficult to get these little guys at other times of the year, but before Easter, you can find them everywhere!   You can buy a whole bunch of eggs, , some pipe cleaners, and some googly eyes with about […]

  • Genetics Blog Post

    How I Fell In Love With Genetics

    One of my favorite things to teach is genetics.  There is something so unique about the field in all of biology.  In fact, it is the field that convinced me to become a biologist in college and go to grad school.  In the coming weeks, I will write a blog series about how genetics is […]

  • Using LEGO® Bricks to Model DNA Replication

      One day, I was playing in my living room with my almost 3 year old son and we were building with his Lego® Bricks.  My living room floor pretty much always looks like this: I have had a teaching challenge simmering in my head for a while now.  How do I help students really […]

  • Silent Mutations aren't Exactly Silent

    Silent Mutations aren’t exactly Silent

    An article in the “Life is Complicated” Series. Life is complicated.  When I was in college and friends asked me why I loved the TV show “LOST”.  Anyone who watched a random episode in the middle of the season usually came away from it confused and complained about its complexity.  But to me, that was the […]

  • Teaching Vocabulary

    Teaching Vocabulary

    For a lot of students, I think the hardest thing about science is the vocabulary or the language scientists use in scientific papers, textbooks, or other teaching materials.  Hypothesis?  Endoplasmic Reticulum? Nucleolus vs Nucleus vs Nucleoid?  Chromosome vs Chromatin vs Chromatid?  It can be very hard for students to get these words straight.   Why […]

  • Teaching about Karyotypes and Chromosomes

    My students have always been fascinated with karyotypes.  I usually teach about karyotypes right after  long unit on cellular respiration and photosynthesis, right before I get into mitosis and meiosis.  Students often have a lot of misconceptions about chromosomes and karyotypes. Here are a few web resources and teaching ideas you can use when teaching […]