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I love teaching Biology and have taught in Higher Ed since 2006. I've used Vision and Change to dramatically alter my instruction and I'm sharing everything I've learned with you. - Dr. Steven Lysne
 
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This lesson is an introduction to college biology for majors. It is formatted as a series of questions (with answers in the Instructor Key) such that you can lead an engaging discussion in class. Suggestions are provided for delivery and small group
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This lesson on inorganic chemistry provides Key Ideas for generating classroom discussion and an Instructor Key with detailed explanations of each Key Idea. Questions designed to support small-group work are presented and suggestions are provided
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This lesson provides Key Ideas for leading a discussion relating to the chemistry of water. The Instructor Key provides notes and suggestions for engaging classroom work. Set the stage for future learning with these fundamental concepts of
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This lesson pertains to the chemistry of carbon and consists of guided questions designed to help you facilitate an engaging discussion in your classroom. An Instructor Key is provided and activities are suggested to strengthen engagement and
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This activity corresponds to the "The Chemistry of Carbon - Lesson 4" lesson plan from The College Biology Store. It includes instructions on how to guide students through the activity and answers to the questions posed. (25 min).
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This activity is what I call a "cognitive apprenticeship." Intro students don't always know how to answer exam questions so I use this activity to walk students through how to answer a difficult exam question using a logical chain of reasoning. You
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This activity corresponds to Lesson 1 from The College Biology Store. It's designed to help students begin thinking critically about questions that we ask them. I provide an algorithm of sorts to help students think through a problem and I provide
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Carpenter; Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Faculty at the College of Western Idaho, Boise State University; Research and publication in Zoology and the field of Science Education with a Biology Education Emphasis

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach primarily by way of guided discussion; asking students questions based on their readings and then having others join in, filling in the gaps and correcting misunderstandings. Into this discussion I introduce small-group work, having students address problems in a low-risk environment before calling on some for a response. There are numerous ways to incentivise student participation in this model and I have found that students come to class much more prepared compared to when I was lecturing primarily via exposition. Following my discussion-based model for biology instruction will increase your students performance (appreciably) and their engagement in class (significantly!). You'll also find it much more enjoyable to talk with students and to facilitate an intellectual discussion with them. This model for instruction has increased my enjoyment with the profession of teaching more, perhaps, than my students' engagement with my course.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Nominated Boise State University Adjunct Faculty of the Year - 2006 Boise State Teaching Fellow - 2007 College of Western Idaho Faculty of Distinction - 2015 National Institutes of Health, Undergraduate Research Award - 2017

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS Colorado State University - Wildlife Biology; MS Boise State University - Biology; PhD University of Idaho - Science Education

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