Teaching ideas

image credit: public domainThis section of the site is dedicated to teaching ideas and activities for the Biological approach.

The goal of these activities is to allow students to apply their learning from the online textbook, but also to engage with problems and develop critical thinking strategies.  Students should be able to transfer their learning to different contexts to demonstrate deep learning.

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Dawn Bolger 19 March 2018 - 19:46

Hi John, are there any good documentaries that could recommend that might be beneficial for students studying the biological approach?

John Crane 20 March 2018 - 04:43

Dear Dawn

I don't really show any true documentaries to students in class. I find that class time is too tight in our school. I do show them parts of "Stress, portrait of a killer" by Sapolsky. There are also several good Ted Talks which they find really interesting. That may be a better way to go than to try to find a whole documentary. In the unit plans for biology for the new curriculum which I have started to post, you will find several video links.

Dawn Bolger 20 March 2018 - 10:57

Thanks John! I just had a couple of students ask if there was anything they could watch that might be valuable and enhance their study. I'll definitely have a look at your suggestions!

Murray Head 29 August 2018 - 00:59

I show episode 3 of Michael Moseley's series "The Brain: A Secret History" (episode title: "Broken Brains") to introduce a lot of localisation-based case studies.

John Crane 30 August 2018 - 05:39

Thanks for that Murray. I wish that were available outside of the UK. BBC 4 is really hard for most of us to access and they, incredibly, do not even sell their shows. :(

Murray Head 21 September 2018 - 12:06

I'm not actually in the UK, John. I think that we got it when shown on television here in Australia.

Murray Head 21 September 2018 - 12:30

If it's of any use: vimeo.com (No, I didn't upload it)

John Crane 22 September 2018 - 06:45

Thank you, Murray. A worthy distraction for this afternoon's marking marathon!

Stacey Locascio 1 October 2018 - 00:29

How about The Brain by David Eagleman? Love him!

John Crane 2 October 2018 - 05:14

Don't know David Eagleman. I will check him out!