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Kara Baskin

Kara Baskin once longed to write kids’ books. Now she's a journalist focusing on food, culture, and education—and someday hopes to write thrillers.

Show the Power of Statistics with a Student-Driven Survey Project

Math instructor Lee Ann Roberts takes the fear factor out of quantitative reasoning by having students pose a real-life question and collect data on it.

Use “Shakespearean Science” to Enliven Anatomy and Physiology Class

Adonna Rometo, PhD, uses exercises derived from props, role-play, and method acting to bring clarity to tough biology concepts.

Changing the Formula: Do’s and Don’ts in Teaching Calculus Today

Dr. Doron Levy oversees 10,000 students and 800 math majors, but he thinks that most of them do not need to take calculus classes. 

A Personalized Research Project for Community College Students

Joseph Lin created an honors biology project that has students investigate their interests while gaining real-world research skills.

Q&A: A Psychologist Shares How (and Why) to Elicit Emotion from Students

Using songs, videos, and personal mistakes, Dr. Angela Griffin ensures that students connect to her course content in a visceral way.

Teach Writing to STEM Students with a Request-for-Proposal Project

To sell technical students on the power of writing, Heather Riser, MA, provides a real-world exercise that teaches far more than good grammar.

The SURE Program: How Students Can Help Stimulate Urban Renewal

With students of all majors consulting for new entrepreneurs, accounting professor Saleha Khumawala ensures everyone comes out a winner.

Beyond Flashcards: Introduce New College Students to Concept Maps

To get students to move beyond memorizing terms to connecting concepts, Naomi Wernick, PhD, blows their minds with some creative diagramming.

Evolving as a Teacher: 4 Tips for Going from Good to Great

Dr. Lawrence C. Scharmann, an expert in evolution education, shares how to connect with students—and connect them with the material.

“Keeping Up with the Ilyiches” and Other Ways to Unpack Classic Literature

When English composition students struggled to connect with characters from Shakespeare, Milton, Tolstoy, and more, Melissa Long, MA, made them feel real.

Teaching Science to Nonmajors? Rethink the Goals and Assessments

Role-play. Personal essays. Infographics. These make up half of the grade in Dr. Katelyn Butler’s biology class. The goal? To create savvy consumers.

Q&A: The Multiple Perks of Small Group Quizzes—Scratch-off Style!

Dr. Jacob Cooper, a lecturer in biology, makes test-taking a pleasurable (and educational) exercise in teamwork.

Physiology Trick: Add Context to Coursework with a Track-Your-Exercise App

To help her students better relate to the tough topics of anatomy and physiology, Dr. Elizabeth Granier gets them moving—and tracking the results.

Update Mythology Using New Stories—and Modern Media

When students felt disconnected from the conventional myths of the Greeks and Romans, Jackie Williams, MFA, created a new, entirely modern approach.

Draw to Remember: Using Art to Teach Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

Biology professor Dr. Thomas Davis has found a creative way to improve student participation and reinforce the learning of complicated topics: drawing.

Turn Scary Oral Quizzes into Low-Key, Fun Assessments

To help students memorize anatomy terms without raising their blood pressure, Rebecka Zepeda, MS, put some new twists on a traditional teaching tool.

Q&A: How an Anatomy Professor Dissected the Problem of Hasty Lab Work

Dr. Lance Forshee used his background in science education to identify obstacles that were dropping students’ work by a whole letter grade.

How to Get (and Use) Candid Feedback in Course Evaluations

Biologist Dr. Mike Trombley shares why he uses 4-question, short-essay evaluations, why they are not anonymous, and how he gets honest answers anyway.

Chemistry in Action: A Service Project at a Local Estuary

A local estuary has helped Dr. Subhalakshmi Nagarajan show her students the interdisciplinary nature of science and the value of a scientific career.  

Seahorses and Socioscientific Issues: Add Passion and Emotion to PowerPoints

Biologist and integrated environmental scientist Dr. Sarah Krejci’s compelling narrative illustrates the impact of humans on the natural environment.

Q&A: This Exec Tests Business Students with a Real Board of Directors Meeting

Dr. Wlamir Xavier’s course teamed students for a simulation that ends with a tough presentation to “the board.” An extra catch? It was a hybrid class.

Boost Undergraduates’ Lab Expertise by Teaching with Real Neurons

To make her labs as close to real life as possible, Kat Bartlow, PhD, uses a specific cell line—and a process that treats students as researchers.

Teach Multicultural Skills to Future Teachers with Field Research

To learn the communication skills needed in a diverse classroom, Angela Muñoz’s students use a 4-step plan to observe local educators in action.

Teach User-Focused Design with the Core Engagement Loop

By showing how a game-design concept applies to real life, Professor Chris Bennett helps edtech students create engaging online learning experiences.

Q&A: A Researcher’s Notes on Building Rapport with Students

Dr. Lisa Burke-Smalley shares her findings on how authentic interpersonal relationships facilitate students’ learning.

Ease Exam Jitters with Happiness Exercises

Dr. Lani Gleason explains how she melts anxiety among intro-to-biology students by using dog videos, odd essay questions, and other science-based tricks.

In Search of Free Materials to Teach Accounting? The Doctor Is In

Brian Routh, DBA, has put together an integrated website and YouTube channel that make it easier to teach (and learn) the ins and outs of accounting.

Stewards of the Community: Use Local Health Research to Spark Awareness

NYC health policy veteran Dr. Christopher Godfrey tasks students of experimental psychology with exploring real issues through a unique community survey.

Teddy Bear Dissections and Laundry Sorting Make Accounting Funtastic

Here’s how accounting professor Dr. Steve Crawford uses quirky activities to keep his students engaged.

Welcome to Learn: How to Create a Comfortable Space for Growth

To create a culture of caring, Tamara Coleman, PhD, gets to know her anatomy and physiology students as more than physical beings.

Make Tactile Models—from Household Objects—to Reach All Learners

Neuroscientist Dr. Katie M. Wiens explains why (and how) she uses toys, hair curlers, and craft supplies to make models of complex biological concepts.

Spark Lightbulb Moments with 7 Principles of Human Learning

Dr. Nelson H. Kraus shares tips from his new book, Super Simple Anatomy & Physiology, that jazz up any subject and make complex topics easier to absorb.

Demystify Scientific Literature, Step by Step, with C.R.E.A.T.E.

In her ecology class, Dr. Catherine Kleier helps students get so comfortable reading journal articles that they write an abstract—then a grant proposal.

Question Everything: How to Turn Followers into Free Thinkers

By presenting a slew of real-world conundrums, Dr. Fred Rosenberg equips future public health professionals to pivot in the face of problems.

View a Topic Through an Interdisciplinary Lens with a Team-Taught Course

By showing students how evolution can inform and be informed by all areas of academia, this professor models the power of interdisciplinary instruction.

Boost Decision-Making Skills with Just-in-Time Teaching

By encouraging role-playing and collaboration, this professor teaches occupational therapy students how to deploy research for personalized treatment.

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