Educator Spotlight: Uncovering an Ecological Mystery

Stefanie Frump challenged her high school students to consider what would happen if Tampa Bay’s blue crabs disappeared. Groups of students took on the perspectives of different stakeholders, presented possible solutions, and considered each other’s needs and ideas while developing a compromise. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Uncovering an Ecological Mystery

Your Allergy May Not be an Allergy

HEALTH Each year, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies—but really, “people use the word allergy to describe anything they just don’t like.” (Popular Science) Lactose intolerance is not an allergy, for example. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Today, allergies are typically defined by the presence of immunoglobulin E, or IgE, antibodies. What are … Continue reading Your Allergy May Not be an Allergy

MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS – The Power of the Bracket

I’ve been a biology teacher for 28 years. Every year, I find myself looking at my curriculum with an eye toward how I can keep both a.) the content of my course fresh and b.) the delivery of that content enticing to a generation of young minds who are maturing in a world of social media, screens, and digital literacy. Add to this a very … Continue reading MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS – The Power of the Bracket

Unicorns of the Sea Get Brain Freeze

ENVIRONMENT Narwhals’ hearts beat only a few times a minute while escaping danger, adding to stress on their bodies from human interactions. (National Geographic) What adaptations help narwhals survive in the Arctic? Help students brainstorm with our activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study examines narwhals’ response to fear or stress. What … Continue reading Unicorns of the Sea Get Brain Freeze

Talking Evolution: The Challenge of Influenza – Part 1

It’s that time of year again. It’s “Flu Season”—and those words mean different things to different people. For some of us, “flu season” is synonymous with the idea that we might come down with a “cold” and feel crummy for a few days. For a smaller group, it means that we are at risk of a life-threatening illness. As a teacher of middle school students, … Continue reading Talking Evolution: The Challenge of Influenza – Part 1