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What Does NGSS Say About Cells?

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The cell is a staple of any biology course, usually the chapter comes just after an introductory chapter on the scientific method.   Science teachers all over the world show students pictures of cells for labeling, students color cells, and some even create 3 dimensional models of cells with

Why I’m Changing My Classroom Phone Policy

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Last year, I decided to run a social experiment with my honors class.  This was a small class of 18 students taking Advanced Placement Biology, with a mix of juniors and seniors.   The experiment was to see if these digital natives could handle having an open policy on

5 Creative Ways to Teach the Cell

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Teaching the cell can be fun and engaging for students. Here are five creative ways to help students learn the parts of a cell.

Teaching Mitosis

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Mitosis can be a challenging topic for introductory level biology students. In the past, students only had pictures in a textbook (or copies) to memorize the stages. There seemed to be a disconnect between the memorizing of the stages and understanding the big picture – what is the point