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  • Using Science Blackout Poetry

    Blog Post Contributors: Ginny Mason and Bethany Lau This past year as I wrapped up my evolution unit, I had my students create science blackout poetry about the topics we covered in class. This is a fun way for students to express their big ideas and understandings about the topic. Blackout poetry served as an effective […]

  • Tips for Teaching Evolution

    Blog post contributors: Ginny Mason and Bethany Lau In-Class Evolution Lab Ideas Evolution is such an important unit in any biology curriculum. Not only does it help students develop a concept of both the relatedness and the diversity of all living things, it also serves to help build a conceptualization of additional biology topics such […]

  • Presidential Science Advisors

    Research Project for Inauguration Week or any week to celebrate current day scientists! Did you also get excited this past week when you saw the list of presidential science advisors? Whatever political party you belong to, learning about scientists and celebrating science is exciting! I love learning about their accomplishments and I love to see […]

  • Using SARS-CoV-2 (and COVID-19) to Teach Biology

    This blog post was written in January 2021 and there may be new scientific discoveries since publishing that would change what we know about this virus. We live in a unique time where it has become even more clear that understanding biology is very important. At the moment, the virus SARS-CoV-2 is all over the […]

  • Independent Assortment and Karyotype Lesson

    This independent assortment and color your own karyotype lesson is now digital! For several years now, my Color Your Own Karyotype and Independent Assortment lesson has been loved and utilized by thousands of teachers and students all over the globe to really clarify the concept of Independent Assortment. It’s one of the first activities that […]

  • How to Make a Digital Doodle Diagram Notebook

    In all types of classrooms (remote, face-to-face, blended, everything in between), teachers are looking to use more versatile tools to help their students learn and interact with science content and one of these resources can be a digital notebook. One of these tools is called a Digital Notebook, or Digital Interactive Notebook. Karen Randazzo and […]

  • Blended Learning Courses in the Teacher Prep Room

    As the spring drew to a close and teacher summers started in the end of May through June, teachers began thinking of the fall and I also started to brainstorm how I could help teachers this summer and this fall. Ways to support teachers as they enter the new world of blended learning were at […]

  • How to Create Your Own Virtual Science Lab Classroom

    In this digital learning world we find ourselves in, a lot of teachers are looking for ways to connect with our students. (You can read more distance learning tips here on this blog post.) We all need a central location to share lesson links, share assignments, and communicate. One way to make this fun and […]

  • Virtual Fly Lab

    Teachers are looking everywhere right now for virtual labs to do with their students and traditionally, the spring is all about genetics, evolution, and ecology in my biology class. Everyone is looking for creative solutions for teaching digitally. One teacher recently messaged me and told me, that right before this pandemic hit, she was going […]

  • How to Use SARS-CoV-2 to Introduce Bioinformatics

    To prevent coronavirus spread, we cannot do a lot besides disinfect surfaces, wash our hands, encourage students to stay home if they are sick, and avoid travel to areas with epidemics. But we as science teachers have a unique opportunity to educate students about the biology behind the virus and introduce the field of bioinformatics […]

  • Temporary E-Learning Tips for Teachers

    All over the United States, teachers are being told to get ready to teach with e-learning if necessary, as many of us watch the news about the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (or the coronavirus) beginning to spread in the community.  In a bunch of countries in Asia, e-learning has already been instituted for over a month now, including […]