Author Archives: Sarah

Every Student Has a Story

  All sorts of people walk into my classroom. One of the benefits of teaching is that you get to meet individuals that you might not otherwise encounter. This brings a richness to my own life for which I am … Continue reading

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Failure is an Option

I honestly want to be the best teacher that I can be. It truly pains me when students fail or withdraw from my courses. This week two students dropped one of my courses, and there are others that haven’t showed … Continue reading

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Why hate science?

Over the weekend I went to a potluck supper with several other families. One of the other moms there was talking to me about maybe helping her with some of her homeschool science curriculum. Of course I got really excited. … Continue reading

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New Beginnings- Tips for the new school year

I love the beginning of the school year. I always get excited when I walk into a store at the end of the summer and the smell of new school supplies fills the air. I have to be restrained when … Continue reading

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Using candy to teach DNA structure

The introductory biology course that I teach focuses on cellular biology. I start with an overview of the basic types of biological molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) and the different structures found inside of cells. I then spend … Continue reading

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Great Biology Videos

One of the challenges of teaching biology is that many of the topics that we cover occur at the molecular level and are difficult for students to visualize. YouTube has made teaching these topics so much easier. I frequently include … Continue reading

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Teaching with purpose

There is a difference between a job and a vocation. A job is simply something you do to earn money. A vocation is something deeper. It is a calling. It is part of your identity and your sense of purpose.  … Continue reading

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Why I love non-traditional students

One of the best things about my job is that I meet new and interesting people almost everyday. Each class is filled with people from all walks of life. This is especially true at the college where I teach. Our student … Continue reading

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Growing Young Scientists

Michael and I have two beautiful little boys, ages 2 and 4. With a software engineer for a dad, and a biologist for a mom they are destined to be total geeks. Right now hey are rambunctious little bear cubs, … Continue reading

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Life is Beautiful

Now that it is summer time I have the opportunity to sit back and reflect on my courses and how I can make them better. I teach an introductory biology course for non-majors at a small state college (equivalent to … Continue reading

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