One of the ideas I introduce with middle school and (especially) high school biology students is that our sensory organs and brain work together to create our perception of the world around us… but our perceptions are limited by our equipment and may not always fully or accurately reflect reality. Diving deep into this topic … More Biology: Taste Perception, Evolution, the Nervous System, and Fun
I’ve been poking around online looking for interesting projects involving data analysis, and I’ve come across some write ups of projects involving cemetery demography. There’s a lot of potential here – it’s an interesting intersection of ecology, medical science, and social studies. And, from a practical point of view, the appeal of a biology field … More Ecology, Data Analysis, and Pen Pals
I got this email earlier in the month, and boy, did it put a smile on my face. It might be hard to read, so here’s the text: XXX is literally jumping up and down with excitement tonight about pluripotent cells and the effect of hormones! Now she has your handouts all over her bed … More High School Biology: Success!
When I got to college, I had almost no exposure to geology. Sure, I’d taken Earth science in 8th grade but the sad truth is, my teacher that year was only a little more effective than a potted plant. Fortunately my textbook was good, and reading it on my own was how I managed to … More A Class I’d Like to Teach: High School Geology
I’ve done loads of field trips, and I love them. My first teaching job was with at the New Explorers High School in the Bronx – the theme of that school could essentially be summed up with the phrase “field trip.” I don’t remember how many school trips I participated in and/or led that year, … More Fantasy Field Trip: Fossils
I’ve been reading An Ocean of Air by Gabrielle Walker and I’ve been thinking about what a perfect book this would be for an elective in which students explore science and history together. This isn’t the first time I’ve read a book that has inspired this thought – there are a large number of wonderful … More Interesting Elective: The Narrative of Science
Can tissue culture be done successfully in a New York City dining room? I don’t know yet, but I’m going to start working on an answer to this question next week. My feelings about this upcoming lab can be summed up with two words – “excitement” and “trepidation.” The students I’ll be doing this lab … More High School Biology: Can Tissue Culture be Done in a Dining Room?