Col Harrison (Street Articles Author)
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Role Play - A Strategy to Teach the Complex Process Of Protein Synthesis
How do you explain complex processes like protein synthesis to students? There are so many things going on that it can be very hard to focus on the correct sequence of events and the particular molecules involved. This is where we need to use multiple strategies to increase student understanding.…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 31, 2011  
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A Literary Crossover - Using Acrostics to Merge Biology And Biography
In the present multimedia age, there is really no excuse for letting any opportunity to go by without some attempt at curriculum crossover. The techno natives have grown up with application software, games which test lateral thinking, decision making and problem solving skills and a phone that can be almost…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 30, 2011  
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Mind Mapping - A Guide to Student Understanding In Biology
Let’s face it; summarising information is often a tedious, time-consuming task. The more strategies we have, the easy it is to do. One good method for summarising information is the mind map. Our minds make links between different pieces of information. Certain smells remind us of places we have visited.…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 29, 2011  
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Evolution - Dont Debate the Theory, Just Apply the Mechanism
Evolution! Few scientific theories engender the same emotion or passion than the theory of evolution. Whether the criticism or defence has more to do with religion or Lamarckianism doesn't really matter. To argue about evolution is rather to miss the point. Most of the questions that your average high school…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 29, 2011  
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Jigsawing - A Creative Way to Learn Some Challenging Concepts
"I want to play a game." Unfortunately the above quote appearing with the word jigsaw is unlikely to bring you to a teaching strategy which is very successful in Biology. It is more likely to take to a series of movies which get exponentially worse the more of them they…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 28, 2011  
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Assimilation - How Do We Ensure Students Remember What We Are Trying to Teach Them?
I love using similies and metaphors in teaching. Once of the ways people learn is to place something unknown next to something known and make a link between them. Similies and metaphors by their nature link two different things together, so using them is a simple matter of identifying the…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 26, 2011  
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Mastering Multiple Choice - How to Tame the Biology Guessing Game
How can you master multiple choice questions? Multiple choice questions should be the easiest questions of all. After all, they write the answer on the paper for you, all you have to do is find it. Yet so often, for many students, that seacrh for the correct answer is often…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 25, 2011  
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Preparation is Paramount - How to Make Sure You Are at Your Peak for the Biology Exam
Several great, and many not so great, historical figures have said words to the effect of "He who fails to plan is planning to fail". Perhaps most notably attributed to Winston Churchill during World War II, this quote has been flogged to death at motivational and self-help seminars the world…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 24, 2011  
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Tackling Tricky Terminology - Tools to Teach the Language Of Biology
Biology often cops an unfair rap as the soft Science. Whilst it's true it may not require the mathematical sophistication of a Physics or Chemistry course the terminology challenge is worthy of a language course all of its own. One of the great challenges facing any student of biology, and…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 23, 2011  
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Those Who Understand Teach - How Peer Teaching Can Be Used Effectively In A Biology Class
It is Aristotle who is quoted as saying "those that know do, those that understand teach". Whilst those outside the teaching profession have come up with a less complimentary version of this quote, those who have experienced the joys and frustrations of teaching know exactly what Aristotle was talking about.…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 22, 2011  
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Its Not All Roses - Google Has Announced Its Intentions to Spread Into the Social Sphere Aggresively
Luke Skywalker's lament was that his father used his powers for evil, in spite of the fact he felt the…
Web 2 - What Impact Has it Had on Science Teaching?
Why does technology often make you feel like there is a big conspiracy and you are the last one to know?…
A Problem Shared is A Problem Halved - How to Improve Your Powerpoint Slide Show Science Lessons
I've written previously about the impact of presentations in Science lessons and lamented to excuse…
Those Who Understand Teach - How Peer Teaching Can Be Used Effectively In A Biology Class
It is Aristotle who is quoted as saying "those that know do, those that understand teach". Whilst those…
Multiple Metaphors - the Promise And Perils Of Technology In Science
What are your views on 'educational technology'? If there was ever a potential oxymoron, or a phrase…
Excel-lence In Science Education
Looking for a new way to help your students achieve EXCELlence in Science? Look no further than Excel…
Effective Multidisciplinary Cohesion
Technology is big business in Education. Laptops, data shows, interactive whiteboards and hand held…
Mobile Games for Science - the Current State Of Play
Warren Beatty is quoted as saying: “You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether…
Jigsawing - A Creative Way to Learn Some Challenging Concepts
"I want to play a game." Unfortunately the above quote appearing with the word jigsaw is unlikely to…
What About A Wiki - A Web 2 Approach to Assessments In Science
Authentic assessments are an important component of our teaching programs. Ensuring students have experiences…