The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 2, February

A Suggested Project-Based Evolution Unit for High School: Teaching Content through Application
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A Review of the Literature Research has indicated teachers feel they could be more effective in teaching evolution if they had more access to contemporary evolution information, time to safely reflect on the teaching of...
Celebrating Darwin's Errors How Should We Mark the Darwin Bicentennial?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Charles Darwin was truly amazing. In 1859 he introduced a robust understanding of descent with modification by means of natural selection. His concepts would help unify taxonomy, biogeography, comparative anatomy, heredity,...
Cell Biology Animation
Cell Biology Animation. 2008. Created by John Kirk. http://www.johnkyrk.com. What do you get when you cross a biologist with an artist? John Kyrk!! Kyrk has a Master of Arts Degree in biology from Harvard University and is a gifted artist. His site,...
Darwin, Earthworms & Circadian Rhythms: A Fertile Field for Science Fair Experiments
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Darwin & Earthworms Strange noises, including shouts, whistling, and music, from the playing of a bassoon and a piano, echoed from Down House in Downe, England. However, it was not a festive 19th century social occasion;...
Darwin & the Strategic Plan
It is tough to come up with a novel approach to Darwin, especially this year, when Darwin is everywhere. It would be nice if Darwin had been a teacher, then it might be easier to find a suitable angle for ABT. Unfortunately, Darwin never taught in...
Putting Darwin in His Place: The Need to Watch Our Language
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In this article, we examine the use of language in debating evolution, and suggest careful choice of the terms by which we describe both ourselves and our opponents. Present-day evolution science is solidly based on fact,...
Spork & Beans: Addressing Evolutionary Misconceptions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] They are found at picnics and family outings, apparently attracted by the food provided at these events. Large populations in fast food establishments further support their association with food. Yet little is known about...
Teaching Evolution through Inquiry-Based Lessons of Uncontroversial Science
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. --Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973, The American Biology Teacher) Antibiotic resistance, genetically modified produce, avian flu, and invasive species persistence...
Teaching Students Evolution with Patience, Respect, and the Nature of Science
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) has chosen February's theme as "Evolution." Darwin, born in February 1809, published On the Origin of Species, launching the theory of evolution; the foundational...
The Influence of Darwin on Evolutionary Algorithms from "Dinner with Darwin"
The "Dinner with Darwin" event held at the National Association of Biology Teachers Conference over several successive years represented an innovative forum for exploring the ways that the work of Charles Darwin has had an impact in fields quite far...
The Struggle for Existence: 1859 & Today
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A useful teaching technique is to have students summarize a major topic in ten words or less. These pithy nuggets can be listed for the entire class to critique, with the resulting conversation helping the students recognize...
We Are All Intellectual Descendants of Charles Darwin
Like most biology teachers, I spend much of my introductory biology course talking about evolution. Some of the discussion is explicit and traditional--for example, how Charles Darwin's father paid for Charles' adventure aboard the Beagle; the Beagle's...
You Recognize: ... So Does NABT!
(Nominate yourself or a colleague for one or more of the following NABT awards by filling out the nomination form on the next page and mailing it--along with a letter stating why the candidate should be selected--to the NABT Reston office, 12030 Sunrise...