2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:Postsecondary, Hands-On Workshop, Biology


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Let's give them something to talk about!

Friday, October 27 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2214

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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Developing students' "soft skills" has been a post-Covid school focus for us. This workshop will provide teachers will ready to use lessons that promote conversation and collaboration among even the quietest of students. These quick lessons of 1-3 periods can be modified to multiple NGSS content standards. In this workshop teachers will model a biotech debate, Instagram challenge, and a prehistoric Sweet 16 bracket. Most importantly- our students requested to do these lessons again! Check out our biotech debate directions: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1GFM3Iy2-ITGp-H-H6Q0H93Fdvx7WK2xdAo07kb3QxVU/edit?usp=sharing Check out our biotech debate example: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bKjPCD0wkxyQGPlC6cJdokxU4OPy0xvE82K_lygpasg/edit?usp=sharing

Bring home three creative lessons that will animate even your quietest students!

Jacqueline Svetich (Science Teacher: Naperville, IL), Adrianne Toomey (Neuqua Valley High School: Naperville, IL)

Online Preliminary Course Could Increase Engagement and Retention for Incoming General Biology and Anatomy Undergraduate Students

Saturday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2215 C

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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Throughout teaching Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) and General Biology, students often face academic challenges surrounding these two foundational courses. One intended method to overcome these challenges is to implement a preliminary online course that students can complete before starting the academic year. Attendees will discuss how to design their own preliminary online course through an interactive workshop (in electronic and hard-copy formats) with group-based activities (e.g., discussions and demos) for any college-level biology course. We will also demonstrate various methods and assessments (e.g., recorded videos, quizzes, virtual escape rooms) best suited for students who choose to take the prep course through our findings at our current college. A sample of our current preliminary online courses can be found via this link: https://sites.google.com/springfieldcollege.edu/bioprepcoursessc/general-biology-online-course

Attendees will learn about our experience using a preliminary online course for undergraduates. Attendees will then learn how to design their own prep courses focusing on what students require in general biology and anatomy.

Gemma Bartha (Instructor: Springfield, MA), Joseph Kele (Professor of Biology)

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