Mapping Biology Knowledge

By: Kathleen M. Fisher Mapping Biology Knowledge addresses two key topics in the context of biology, promoting meaningful learning and knowledge mapping as a strategy for achieving this goal. Meaning-making and meaning-building are examined from multiple perspectives throughout the book. In many biology courses, students become so mired in detail that they fail to grasp the…

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Animal Cells Concept Map

By: Stephen E. DiCarlo This concept map is a nonlinear diagrammatic representation of meaningful relationships between concepts. The concepts are linked by words that describe the relationships or connections between the concepts. Concept maps are used in various ways to enhance meaningful learning.

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Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom

By: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Physics teacher Jesse Nunez uses graphic organizers in his class to check his students’ understanding of content. He teaches his students a number of tools early in the school year and then invites them to use different tools to demonstrate their content knowledge. He does not provide photocopies of…

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Various Biology Concept Maps

If you don’t know what is the use of concept maps, then you should read: The use of concept maps in the teaching-learning process Using concept maps to establish meaningful relationship (from Seminar on Biology Teaching 1997 – Why do our students fail to learn?) Link to more information and resources about the use of…

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Higher Order Thinking With Mind Mapping

When we engage higher-order thinking, an extraordinary pattern of neural networks is activated in the brain. Teachers are well aware of the disconnect that occurs when students are asked to translate these complex and holistic patterns into linear thinking—for instance, when we ask them to generate a thesis or write an essay. Image 1 (get…

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New Learning Strategies: Concept Mapping

By: Bertha Garcia Concept mapping consists of the visual organization of relationships between concepts and facts. The students are encouraged to develop as many as possible connections between the concepts learned, cross-linking indicating a higher level of integration. Concepts maps have the following advantages: they facilitate active and effective reading, they help with indexing of…

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