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NSTA Web Seminar:

Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications Discussion 2

This web seminar took place on April 17, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Dr. Graham Walker, Professor of Biology at MIT and an HHMI Professor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director of Professional Programs and Conferences at NSTA; Susan Koba, author of NSTA Press book Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts; and Anne Tweed, co-author of NSTA Press book Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


In this seminar Dr. Walker provided an overview of content covered in the MIT online course 7.00x Introduction to Biology — The Secret of Life. Ms. Miller talked about aligning course content to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Then Ms. Koba and Ms. Tweed talked about additional instructional strategies from Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts and discussed how participants of the MIT course can translate that content to the classroom.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I found the entire presentation by Anne and Susan useful as this is a difficult topic to teach. I liked the way they broke down the targets.”
  • “I enjoyed the specific examples of ways to enact the responsive phase and how they truly responded to research into misconceptions.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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