The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 3, March

Anatomy in Clay
Anatomy in Clay. Zahouk Systems. $349.00. Overview of Product "Anatomy in Clay" is a hands-on kit that gives students the experience of sculpting human anatomical structures from clay as an alternative to dissection. The versatility of the kit...
An Integrated Approach to Improve the Scientific Writing of Introductory Biology Students
ABSTRACT We discuss a pedagogical strategy to improve the writing of laboratory reports. Our multipronged approach gauges students' comprehension beforehand, rewards early success, and focuses feedback on the most serious writing issues. In preliminary...
A Simple, Inexpensive, Dynamic, & Hands-On Exercise for Prompting Discussion of the Characteristics of Living Things
ABSTRACT Paper punch-out dots soaked in isopropyl alcohol will move about randomly when placed flat on the surface of water, superficially resembling swimming movements of single-celled protists. This exercise is a hands-on and dynamic activity...
Centering on the Gut
We've all taken and taught courses that cover the digestive system. After a while it gets to be old hat: stomach acid, peristalsis, intestinal villi, and so on. That's why I was so surprised, when going through my stack of articles, to find several...
Classification Index
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Creative Ideas for Biology Podcasts: The Immune System as an Example
ABSTRACT Podcasts (digital audio files) can be utilized creatively to supplement classroom learning. They can be both easily created by instructors and conveniently accessed by students. Students are very receptive to the use of this type of technology...
Nature of Science in an Age of Accountability
Why shouldn't teachers teach to the test? If that seems problematic, then the test needs changing, not the teaching. In our new Age of Accountability, at least, testing is not going away soon (Shepard, 2010). One challenge seems especially acute:...
Partnership for Research & Education in Plants (PREP): Involving High School Students in Authentic Research in Collaboration with Scientists
ABSTRACT A partnership between scientists, high school teachers, and their students provides authentic research experiences to help students understand the nature and processes of science. The Partnership for Research and Education in Plants (PREP)...
Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies in Human Anatomy & Physiology
ABSTRACT Peer-assisted strategies foster learning in science courses. This article outlines a cross-year, peer-assisted learning program in a Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 course. The aim of this 2-year study was to implement the program and evaluate...
Science Is Fun, but It's Hard
My collaborations with psychologists began with Hanna Levenson at Texas A&M. Her comments when we finished a walk through the old, cavernous, 125-student general chemistry laboratory forever changed the way I view student interactions in school...
Teaching Biology with Passion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last month in this space, I encouraged each of you to be the best biology educator you can be. But what does that mean? What is a good biology educator? Being a good educator does not happen by accident. Anyone can teach,...
Using Class Poster Sessions to Teach Intermediary Metabolism
Intermediary metabolism is a complex subject that is often covered in general biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and animal and plant physiology courses. The functions of metabolism include the generation of usable energy, the degradation of complex...
Villi, Villi Everywhere: Biological Structures, Surface Area, & Proportional Thinking
ABSTRACT We present an activity that models the teaching of content knowledge that transfers to many areas of the life sciences and simultaneously targets growth in cognitive development. The activity provides students with concrete objects and...