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Great Biology Videos

Published on July 13, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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 videos into my lectures so that my students can see biology in action. My motto

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Maker Camp: Free Virtual Summer Camp for Teens

As a Dad, I’m always looking for new ways to engage my kids in play and making cool stuff.   I wanted to share an online event provided by Make magazine that starts today. (2pm EST)    This online event or online conference will serve teens, young students and makers.   From reviewing their online

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Teaching with purpose

Published on July 3, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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.  The journey to discovering your vocation can be a long winding road. Mine has taken

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5 Reasons To Think Carefully About Your Dreams and Design Your Career

Published on June 10, 2013 by in Uncategorized

I wanted to share a post I wrote to help motivate college students in designing their career as business leaders and paying attention to their dreams and passions.   I hope this post helps you as well. In the book “EntreLeadership”, Dave Ramsey coaches business leaders to design their enterprises with the following phrase: “Start

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Growing Young Scientists

Published on June 5, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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, but there are things that we can do as parents to nurture their curiosity and

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3 Strategies to Break the Cycle of Poverty for Students and Families

Published on June 1, 2013 by in Uncategorized

In Paul Tough’s book “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character”, he underscores the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots.  How should our educational system reach parents and students who are trying to break the cycle of poverty?   This past year, I had the opportunity to start volunteering

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Life is Beautiful

Published on May 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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 a community college in other states). I will be teaching this course during a summer

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Sir Ken Robinson’s Top Three Focus Areas for Teaching

Published on May 22, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Like all parents, Sarah and I desire to have our little ones thrive.   We want them to learn how to make good decisions since all outcomes of life are the results of choices. We hope that our children learn to love their Catholic/Christian faith and become contributing citizens to their community.   Every parent has dreams

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How to Build Your Mobile App using HTML

Are you looking for an easy way to get started building mobile apps?   In this post, I would like to introduce you to a tool called JQuery Mobile that empowers you to craft mobile applications using HTML and a little bit of JavaScript.   This free tool builds upon the strengths of the jquery

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What Makes a Great Teacher? An Article for Educators

Published on May 11, 2013 by in Uncategorized

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to our friend Elizabeth Rosenthal. Sarah and I became friends with Elizabeth through our college church at University of Central Florida.   As an experienced art teacher, Elizabeth has a great passion for helping elementary school students to be creative.   She would enjoy connecting with you at elizabeth.rosenthal@ocps.net .  By: Elizabeth Rosenthal As

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