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Organization of topics: Teaching AP & college introductory biology

This page collects a series of posts I’ve created dealing specifically with identification of the key concepts (as opposed to topics ) for teaching introductory biology, as well as thoughts on order and methods of presentation. I’ve also included some links to interactive simulations and challenges designed to engage students and allow them to get their heads into key ideas.

Overview: Key Concepts for Introductory Biology

the Periodic Table

Overview: Central Dogma concepts and order

Monomers and polymers in DNA and protein

self assembly: without this, nothing

Hemoglobin as protein exploration

DNA (see also thinkBio BasePairer interactive)

basepairing: where it matters

amino acids and their roles


the TCA cycle

viewing cellular components as machines

incorporating evolution into Intro cell/molecular

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