What I Learned as I Implemented Antiracist and Decolonizing Practices in My Anthropology Course

Liz Soluri is a biological anthropology professor at Cabrillo College and coauthor of Laboratory Manual and Workbook for Biological Anthropology, 2e. She is especially interested in pedagogy and issues of student learning, and her ongoing research focuses on redesigning, implementing, and evaluating effective teaching methods for undergraduate anthropology courses, particularly biological anthropology. In this blog …

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Evaluating Scientific Claims during a Pandemic and Infodemic

Megan Scudellari is a science journalist and a coauthor of Biology Now, Third Edition. In 2013, Megan was awarded the prestigious Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award in recognition of outstanding reporting and writing in science. Her work has appeared in publications such as Nature, The Boston Globe, and The Scientist. Did you know driving tractors or drinking vodka can fight COVID-19? True …

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Calm and Compassionate Online Teaching: Q&A with Shelley Rodrigo

Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo has been teaching online for more than 20 years. She has also developed and administered an online writing program and supported instructors as an instructional technologist. Shelley is the interim director of the writing program; associate professor in the rhetoric, composition, and the teaching of English (RCTE); and associate writing specialist (continuing …

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Cut through the Noise to Understand How Politics Really Works

American Politics Today authors David Canon and Bill Bianco discuss how they get their students to look beyond the noisy headlines and focus on how American Government is supposed to function. One of our goals as authors and teachers is to make students more engaged citizens. While it could be debated what this means and looks like …

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Orchestrating Active Learning in a Less-than-Ideal Environment

Stacy Palen is an award-winning professor in the physics department and director of the Ott Planetarium at Weber State University. Dr. Palen is passionate about teaching astronomy, and presents tips on creating an active learning environment below. image credit: Zac Williams Somehow or other, classroom architects in the 1960s, 1970s, and as far along as …

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Celebrating Women Composers in the Classroom

Norton Music's Assistant Editor, Julie Kocsis, put together a playlist based on Professor Rachel Lusden’s essay in The Norton Field Guide to Teaching Music Theory. In her essay, Lumsden calls for a more diverse and inclusive repertoire in the music classroom, and it’s our hope that this playlist helps you get started. In her essay in The …

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