The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 4, April

An Analysis of Environmental Issues in 19th Century England Using the Writings of Charles Dickens
If you were to ask your students what century is best known for its environmental and social problems, what would they say? Most likely, they would say "The 21st century." This is true; however, there is another century worth examining when environmental...
Call for Action: Life Altering Environmental Experiences
We are experiencing a rebirth in concern and commitment to the environment. Environmental education has been part of the science curriculum since the 1970s but today's renewal seems more pressing and vital in affecting attitudes and knowledge among...
Candy Bugs: Using a Skit to Illustrate Biological Resistance
The concept of resistance in biology, which explains how populations survive and even flourish in the face of stressors, is very important. It is at the center of several current issues, including the emergence of drug-resistant diseases and the adoption...
Cricket Behavior: Observing Insects to Learn about Science & Scientific Inquiry
As biology teachers, we know how important it is for us and for our students to engage first-hand with nature. Ideally, bringing students to fields, woodlands, and wetlands to observe, explore, and wonder is the best way to stimulate curiosity and...
Design Projects in Human Anatomy & Physiology
Very often, some type of writing assignment is required in college entry-level Human Anatomy and Physiology courses. This assignment can be anything from an essay to a research paper on the literature, focusing on a faculty-approved topic of interest...
Do State Science Standards Matter? Comparing Student Perceptions of the Coverage of Evolution in Indiana & Ohio Public High Schools
The importance of evolution as the fundamental explanatory principle in biology has been affirmed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993), the National Academy of Sciences (1998), and the National Science Teachers Association...
From the President
April is the month we focus our celebrations on the Earth and it is also a good time to reflect on how our teaching reveals what is happening on the planet. It's not about cramming more information and another concept into the curriculum; it's about...
Phylogenies & Tree-Thinking
Phylogenetic trees, once peculiarities of systematics, now permeate almost all branches of biology and are appearing in increasing numbers in biology textbooks. While few state standards explicitly require knowledge of phylogenetics, most require some...
Reading Trade Books in a Freshman Biology Course
Reading At Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, depicts a clear but bleak picture of the current status of reading. The survey sampled more than 17,000 adults and covered many...
Teaching Students about Biodiversity: By Studying the Correlation between Plants & Arthropods
Biodiversity is an ecological buzz-word that has garnered a great deal of attention for the past several decades. The main focus has been on human effects on biodiversity. Humans mainly affect biodiversity directly through development, which decreases...
The Kingdom Fungi, Food Chains & Plastic Pollution
Looking for a way to link the study of fungi to your students' awareness of our increasingly imperiled global environment? My biology students at Penn State Lehigh Valley begin studying the fungi kingdom of life by discussing the pivotal roles that...
Visual Technologies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Georgina Ferry (2007) recently published a biography of Max Perutz in which she chronicles the many difficulties he faced in his over 20-year effort to work out the structure of hemoglobin. Among the problems he encountered...