Teaching Biology – 4 Things NOT to Do [episode 34]


Click below to hear 4 things NOT to do when teaching biology:


Are you a teacher who knows exactly what you’ll be teaching in the new school year, and maybe even have spent the summer preparing, or are you still checking your email constantly hoping to hear from your admin? Whether you know what classes you are teaching next year already or if you are waiting for your schedule, I am here to help!

In the upcoming weeks, our episodes will be content-specific to help YOU walk into this school year with confidence. We are starting today with my personal favorite course, BIOLOGY! Now most of what I’ve learned about teaching biology has been through lots of trial and error, or action research if we want to get fancy with it.

The good news is that now I can share all of my mistakes I’ve made with you, so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way!

In today’s episode, I am sharing four things you should NOT do when teaching biology. We are talking about why you shouldn’t teach macromolecules in an isolated biochemistry unit and what to do instead, why teaching biochemical reactions only on a micro level is challenging to your students, what to do instead of teaching mitosis and meiosis together, and why addressing misconceptions when teaching evolution is important.

Don’t forget that we are doing an exciting giveaway! If you need some new resources for this year, you’re going to love it. Secondary Science Simplified has reached over 10,000 downloads and to celebrate, I am giving away a $100 gift card to the It’s Not Rocket Science resource shop and an It’s Not Rocket Science RTIC mug!

To enter, just share your favorite Secondary Science Simplified episode on Instagram and tag me before August 15th! It’s that easy! Thank you all so much for your support and for tuning in!

Topics Discussed on Teaching Biology:

  • Why you shouldn’t teach macromolecules in an isolated biochemistry unit and what to do instead PLUS a bonus tip
  • How teaching biochemical reactions only on a micro level is too much for students and the change I made that was a game changer for student understanding
  • Why not to teach meiosis and mitosis together and when to teach them instead
  • How to address student misconceptions when teaching evolution
  • PLUS 3 bonus tips for teaching biology

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Secondary Science Simplified is a podcast specifically for high school science teachers that will help you to engage your students AND simplify your life as a secondary science educator. Each week Rebecca, from It’s Not Rocket Science, and her guests will share practical and easy-to-implement strategies for decreasing your workload so that you can stop working overtime and start focusing your energy doing what you love – actually teaching!

Teaching doesn’t have to be rocket science, and you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to simplify your secondary science teaching life so that you can enjoy your life outside of school even more. Head to itsnotrocketscienceclassroom.com/challenge to grab your FREE Classroom Reset Challenge.

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