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Catherine LaMoreaux

Catherine LaMoreaux is an educator, arts administrator, and writer. With her daughter, she co-founded and runs Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a community theatre committed to diversity and colorblind casting based in Metuchen, NJ.

4 Ways to Level the Playing Field in Introductory Science Courses

Using backward course design and team-learning approaches, biology professor Dr. Mark Lee has helped more students stay in STEM.

Cinderella in Muscle Contraction: Teaching Anatomy with Stories

Anamika Basu, PhD, uses fairy-tales and analogies to help community college students understand Anatomy and Physiology course concepts.

Teach Scientific Inquiry with the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Ecologist X. Ben Wu, PhD, helps undergrad non–science majors understand scientific processes and practices by having them do a virtual inquiry project.

The Flashcard Project: Have Students Make (and Share) Study Tools That Promote Equity

Flashcards help with memorization, which is key in the sciences. Here is how Dr. Tracey Magrann has created hundreds of them, with student help.

Flawed Research as a Teaching Tool in Undergraduate Science Courses

Dr. Arpita Bose teaches undergraduate microbiology students to be critical readers by examining journal articles that are riddled with errors.  

Q&A: Physiology Resources from a Pioneer in Interactive Labs and Videos

Dr. Phil Stephens created dozens of lab simulations and videos for distance learners. Here is how to use them online and in person.

Piglets, Potato Salad, and Death: Liven Up Microbiology with Storytelling

To snag nonmajors’ attention in a stadium-sized class, Tom Gustad, MS, breaks up lectures with high-energy (and personal) stories.

 5 EdTech Tools for an Online Anatomy and Physiology Class

Dr. Nick Roster uses an array of technologies to enhance content, motivate students, and virtually dissect organs from the comfort of home.

Q&A: Active Learning in Biology: New Research on the SCALE-UP Approach

How effective is a “Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-Down Pedagogies” in biology? Dr. Gokhan Hacisalihoglu explains.

Think Big: Teach Microscopic Processes with 3-D Printed Models

To help students “see” how the immune system works, Dr. Erica Suchman enlisted the help of two honors students and a 3-D printer.

Q&A: An Expert in Scientific Modeling Shares Why It Works—and How to Use It

Lisa Kenyon, EdD, uses modeling techniques developed from her work in K–12 schools to enhance college students’ understanding of science.

Q&A: Meet the Educator on a Mission to Help You Teach Synthetic Biology

DNA can be manipulated to build vaccines, flavorings, and maybe woolly mammoths. Dr. Lisa Scheifele is helping educators learn how to teach it.

Turn Hesitant Chem Students into Independent Chemists

To teach her students to be analytical and confident, Dr. Paula Mazzer gave them risk assessments, checklists, quirky questions—and plenty of autonomy.

How to Get Undergraduate Students Excited About Doing Research

Mathematics researcher Dr. Mohamed Ait Nouh builds confidence in underserved students by inviting them to collaborate with him on publishable projects.

How—and Why—to Give Students a Say in the Syllabus

To help fourth-year students feel more invested and respected, Dr. Bradley Seymour lets them choose and research which topics they learn about next.

Bring Political Science to Life with Hamilton

William Adler, PhD, found a dramatic way to make engagement skyrocket, even among nonmajor students: Use a smash Broadway musical as a teaching tool.

Check for Math Comprehension with Small-Group Mini Quizzes

Math professor Lawrence C. Udeigwe, PhD, draws on lessons from his other passion—music—to reframe math quizzes as collaborative opportunities for practice.

It Adds Up: Accounting Plus Toys Equals Fun (and Learning)

Many people think accounting is a dry subject. That included Professor Debbie Porter’s students—until the toy cars and plastic building bricks arrived.

Teach Limits in Math, Starting with an “Unsolvable” Problem

To show calculus students why limits are important, Ondrej Zjevik, MS, presents them with a problem that they cannot solve with the math they already know.

Beat Math Negativity with Lessons in Mindfulness

Lessons learned while teaching in rural China showed Dr. Winnie Wong how to improve outcomes for math students in the US.

Q&A: An MIT Professor’s How-to’s for Building Teams That Drive Innovation

Leadership expert Debora Ancona is reshaping the way we think about teamwork. Here, she shares how to apply her unique approach in the educational world.

Expand Empathy by Having Students Argue for Charity

To show composition students that argumentation can include both empathy and logic, Amber Karlins starts with a topic that is close to their hearts.

Build Confidence in Adult Learners with a Road Map to Learning

You cannot be curious if you feel incompetent. To give returning students confidence, Jessica DelBove, PhD, provides them tools to be great learners.

7 Heartfelt Ways to Support Nontraditional Learners

Debra Jackson, PhD, teaches adults about their learning style, time management tips, and study tricks—and the basics of anatomy and physiology, too.

How to Teach Future Teachers (or Anyone) to Code

To demystify coding for education majors (and other non–computer majors), Dr. Rachel Adler uses games, robotics, and a personalized final project.

Wake Up Student Brains with a Logic Puzzle Warm-Up

When Kristen Jaskie, MS, saw students struggling with critical thinking in her discrete mathematics class, she solved the problem—with puzzles.

How to Teach Heart Physiology with Smart Watches and Apps

This fitness-minded professor uses technology to help Millennials wrap their heads around how the heart functions—and what it means for their health.

Check Students’ Understanding (Fast!) with a One-Minute Paper

When this professor wants a quick read on students’ grasp of concepts, she hands out index cards and sets a timer for 60 seconds.

Use Feedback Videos to Improve Retention and Growth in Online Writing Courses

Typed comments on papers can feel accusatory. This writing professor (and prolific writer) uses psychology and technology to set a positive tone.

Encourage Collaboration with a Discussion Facilitation Assignment

This professor’s group interaction project helps independent-minded honors students become more capable as leaders and as teammates.

Build Better Writers with a Refrigerator-Magnet Game

To help write better—not just correctly—students dissect the sentences of famous authors, then use word games to augment sentences of their own.

Show Students that Their (Informed) Opinions Matter

No five-paragraph essay here! This class reads up on tough topics, feels all the feels, then uses context and research to write insightful response essays.

Teach Active Reading by Taking Away Students’ Desks

To give students agency in analyzing Brazilian literature, this professor makes them write in their books, then get up on their feet to show what they know.

Teach Argumentation and Citation with a Shakespeare Mash-up Exam

This professor eases students' fears of Shakespeare and bolsters their critical thinking skills by making them write new dialogue for classic characters.

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