Teaching Blog

December 20, 2014

Replacing step-by-step procedures with more flexibility in methods is one way to reform laboratories for biology majors.  But what if de-cookbooking a lab allowed for an experimentation in cooking?


Do you remember the traditional biological molecules lab? It may have i...

November 28, 2014

Teaching climate change can be seen by students as controversial (although it is generally not seen this way in the scientific community). Students have been "doomed and gloomed" about the future of the Earth since they were in elementary school. My approach to climate...

August 22, 2014

It is common for students to believe that evolution is in direct conflict with their personal beliefs.  However, many students are put at ease by understanding that their religion is actually NOT in conflict with evolution. One example to show students is the formal st...

January 13, 2014

My most recent teaching effectiveness score was in the 96th percentile among my peers from the Division of Biological Sciences. I scored 3.90 (the average for the department was 3.36).



March 12, 2013

Students should reflect on their learning and monitor their progress to succeed. My approach to this is multifaceted. My students monitor their understanding through daily clicker questions and online weekly homework. These assessments are important, as they allow them...

January 2, 2012

When teaching writing intensive ecology, I assign the students to do peer reviews of each other’s term papers. Students benefit from two rounds of detailed feedback from their peers before the final submission of their term paper. They also learn editing functions of M...

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