Teaching biology: inspiring students with plant science NE206
Online course with subject knowledge and practical work using plants across the secondary biology curriculum. Co-developed with specialists at SAPS.
Students need to be able to apply their understanding of key biological processes to new contexts, and many students find this difficult. By using plants in your scheme of work, you can give your students additional opportunities to practice this skill.
This course will help you in improving student learning through practical work. Through examples from selected topics you’ll explore approaches to teaching the biology based upon sound pedagogy and share your experience in the classroom with others.
Who is it for?
What topics are covered?
- using plant science to tackle misconceptions about respiration
- making connections across the biology and broader curriculum to support student learning
- cell division, stem cell biology, cell differentiation and the persistence of totipotency in plant stem cells
- practicals which can support students understanding of osmosis
How will you learn?
How long is this course?
- modify your scheme of work to incorporate a greater variety of contexts;
- identify opportunities to challenge students’ preconceptions;
- explore the use of plants for teaching key biological principles;
- improve your subject knowledge in plant science.