An introduction to teacher research
Every day, teachers develop lesson plans, evaluate student work, and share outcomes with students, parents, and administrators. Teacher research is simply a more intentional and systematic version of what good teachers already do.
To link or not to link? Using hypertext wisely
Links are the soul of the web, but make sure they support your content rather than detracting from it.
Marine Microbial Ecology
This image-rich website from the Australian Antarctic Division's Biology program describes its research in marine microbial ecology. It includes an introduction of microbial ecology and microbial processes, followed by information about the research project. Field sampling, microscopy, flow cytometry, pigment analysis, flourometry, HPLC, culturing, feeding experiments, and the research staff are each discussed using vivid imagery. Links are provided to related websites.
Cephalopod Lesson Plans
This collection of lesson plans, created by the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, highlights color change in cephalopods. This page provides links to each lesson plan, which are in PDF format and feature an informative, image-rich introduction followed by a hands-on laboratory activity. The lesson plans highlight cephalopod color change, vision, light quality, and light quantity.
This information database provides an easy way of accessing the sequences and all-inclusive annotation data on the structures of the cyanobacterial genomes. Cyanobacteria carry a complete set of genes for oxygenic photosynthesis, and are believed to be the ancient ancestors of chloroplast. Maintained by the Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Cyanobase contains information and sequences for Synechocystis, Anabaena, Thermosynechococcus elongatus, Gloeobacter violaceus, Prochlorococcus marinus, Synecho
This Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) website provides comprehensive scientific information about Pseudo-nitzschia, an important toxin-producing species associated with Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning. Information is organized into the following categories: taxonomy, morphology and anatomy, chemistry, toxin production, reproduction and life history, motility, ecology and natural history, identification methods, field work, and acknowledgements. The website also has a link to general
Welcome to the Teachers' Corner of Small Things Considered. In this section, we include the posts we deem most adequate for teaching purposes. We have reorganized them into subject areas geared for a typical microbiology course. To date, this material has been used for various forms of intellectual enrichment, e.g., suggested readings, class presentations, a source of topics for term papers. You can also find here our Talmudic Questions, which we characterize as those whose answers cannot be fou
It's an ad!
How do marketers target kids -- and how can we teach kids to know the difference between advertising and fact? These websites provide strategies to build critical thinking skills for media literate kids.
Becoming an online teacher
For even the most experienced classroom teacher, teaching online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment.
Why did you send me a virus?
A primer on viruses, worms, and how to protect yourself on the Internet.
Greeting your Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in their own language
Even a simple "Hello" or "How are you today?" can help to integrate a student into a new environment. This article offers strategies and tools for teachers wishing to learn a few words of a new language.
Bird watching made elementary
Observing and identifying birds can be a gateway to a variety of learning experiences. This primer will get you started birding.
Incorporating oral history into the K-12 curriculum
Oral history techniques for use with students at all levels, from kindergarten through high school.
Learning to look at art
Strategies for helping students develop visual literacy in looking at paintings and other forms of visual art.
How mentors can serve as role models, helpers, and colleagues.
Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picture book finding aids, and great picture book websites.
This site helps students answer questions about dinosaurs: What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? Where did they live? What caused their mass extinction? Students can participate in a virtual dinosaur discovery, follow milestones in dinosaur evolution, and see behind-the-scenes slide-shows of the lab environment where vertebrate specimens are prepared for exhibits and research.
The Global Volcanism Program (GVP)
This site presents documentation of the eruptions of all volcanoes during the past 10,000 years. Visitors can review volcanic activity reports, view geographic and geologic information for all Holocene volcanoes (those with known activity during the last 10,000 years), and order research and publications by Smithsonian volcanologists and their colleagues.
All Creatures Microscopically Small
In this lesson, students investigate the physical and behavioral characteristics of different microbes and create research- based 'Microbe Biographies.' Students then visually compare microbe sizes and examine how the size of a microbe relates to its physical and behavioral characteristics. This lesson is part of the New York Times Learning Network, a service in which lesson plans are created to accompany newspaper articles.
Survival of the Fittest Microbes: Examining the Conditions of One River and the Microbes that Thrive
In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about the harsh conditions of Spain's Rio Tinto River and research the microbes that nonetheless manage to thrive there. They then synthesize their knowledge by creating a reality television program set in the Rio Tinto in which the microbes are the "contestants." The lesson includes an article about the Rio Tinto with accompanying questions, a detailed classroom activity, vocabulary list, discussion questions, extension activities, inter