CTE Faculty in Residence Lectures for Staff

"Introduction to Life Sciences for K-8 Education Majors" BIOL 130

Taught by Dr. Jen Robbins, associate professor of biology

For BIOL 130, Dr. Robbins uses an inverted class structure ("classroom flipping") in which students do their knowledge acquisition before class using online lectures and guided readings.  During class, students practice applying their knowledge through games, models, guided inquiry, and case studies.  Dr. Robbins will demonstrate similar active learning strategies for these staff sessions.

Friday, September 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Evaluating Science

You be the judge at a mock K-8 science fair, then discuss how the principles of good science apply to evaluating media reports of scientific findings.

Tuesday, October 16, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Teaching Evolution at Xavier

Jen discusses student preconceptions about evolution, and the successes and failures she's had while trying to increase understanding of this socially divisive topic.

Monday, October 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Biology Scavenger Hunt

Team up for a campus scavenger hunt to identify basic biological themes all around the campus.

Friday, November 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Why Not to Fear the Flu (but get vaccinated anyway)

What evolution can tell us about the probabilities of infectious pandemics and effective responses.

All sessions take place in room 308 of the Conaton Learning Commons.

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