As a biology teacher who is a passionate proponent of teaching evolution as the backbone of my classes, I constantly get bombarded by students with tons of evolution questions. I do a lot of work correcting their misconceptions and clarifying some of the more nuanced aspects of evolutionary theory. YES, evolution IS a theory and here’s why that is a GOOD thing. Perhaps my favorite … Continue reading Talking Evolution: Are We Still Evolving?
In my last blog post, I left you hanging with two scientific issues regarding Homo naledi—first was its age and second was seeing if all those fossils actually got into the Dinaledi chamber by way of the same 8-inch “chute” that the underground astronauts used to access the chamber. Upon the announcement of the Homo naledi discovery in 2015, one frustration for many people was … Continue reading Beyond the Bones: Why Homo naledi belongs in every science classroom
In my last two blog posts, I’ve detailed my connection with the team that discovered our new human relative Homo naledi, deep in the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. This discovery was announced to the world formally in September 2015 and was featured as the cover story of the October 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine. Ever since the announcement, I’ve been teaching about Homo … Continue reading The “Sciencing” of Homo naledi
In my last post, I shared with you the first part of my social media journey that brought me from utilizing YouTube back in 2007 to becoming connected with a fantastic science/adventure story that was the discovery of more than 1,500 human-like fossils in a South African cave called Rising Star. My students and I followed the s tory closely, which resulted in my creating … Continue reading Teaching Naledi: Two Years Getting to Know about and Share Our Newly Discovered Relative
In my last post, I shared with you some folks I greatly respect who have made social media work for their teaching and the learning of thousands of students worldwide. With this post, I get more personal and share with you how my social media experience changed my professional life forever. As you read about my social media story, I do not intend my trip … Continue reading From Pond Scum to a Pinnacle of Paleoanthropology: My Decade Long Social Media Journey