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Popping giant cells

Traditionally, sections of potato are used to investigate osmosis. Potato tissue is familiar to all students, but some students will struggle to envisage the potato tissue as cellular and this …

Taking osmosis practical work a step further

This video will introduce you to a version of the classic osmosis practical, measuring the change in mass of plant tissues in solutions with a range of concentrations, using pieces …

Animated biology to support understanding

In step 1.4 we provided a typical textbook diagram to help our explanation of osmosis. However, animations provide a valuable way to help students grasp biological concepts which involve movement …

Combining subject knowledge and context

Was there anything from the quiz that you weren’t sure about or where you think students might have misconceptions? Make a note on your reflection grid for the week. Now …

What is osmosis?

Throughout the rest of this week we will be asking you to evaluate different teaching strategies for helping students get to grips with osmosis, starting with the use of animations …

The vital, and surprising, role of osmosis

Osmosis can produce some very rapid and spectacular plant responses, and the Venus fly trap is a great example of this. The Venus fly trap uses modified leaves to trap …

Health and safety

Health and safety is a very important area that needs to be addressed when it comes to teaching not just biology but science in general. This course contains a variety …

Why use plants in science teaching?

From trees which can pull water over 80m into the atmosphere, to one which has lived for over 4000 years. From plants which set devious traps for insects, to those …

Developing your teaching

Trying to take in new ideas and embed them into your practice is not easy. However, we stress the importance of critical reflection if you want to translate these ideas …

Reflect on your learning

Take a look at your reflection grid for this week. This week Beverley and Alex have helped you explore teaching strategies for addressing misconceptions in plant respiration. You’ve seen examples …

Reflect on your learning

Earlier in the course we introduced the reflection grid as a way to support your professional development through this course (download the reflection grid template if you haven’t done so …