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Carrie Tzou
B EDUC 491
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Education

Class description

In this course, we will cover methods for teaching science (focusing on biology specifically) and partner with a local elementary school to add more biology to their students' learning experiences! You will learn about how people learn, how to learn from your teaching, and how to make biology relevant and exciting to students' lives.

Student learning goals

Students will learn how to relate biology concepts to the lives of the people that they teach.

Students will learn how to design and construct a lesson plan.

Students will be able to apply concepts of teaching, learning, and assessment to their own teaching and lesson design process.

General method of instruction

This class will be held as a lab-based seminar, with weekly readings discussions and lab-based experiences meant to integrate educational theories with actual teaching experiences.

Recommended preparation

Working knowledge of biological concepts covered in UW Bothell's biology core sequence. Please note that one class meeting a week will be held off-campus at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Kirkland, WA. Students in this class must be able to either transport themselves to this location or carpool with others.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include (but are not limited to): 1. Weekly readings and short reflections. 2. Designing and teaching one biology lesson to the class. 3. Designing and teaching biology lessons to elementary students at Ben Franklin. 4. A final reflection on your experiences in the course and your learning through the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carrie Tzou
Date: 01/30/2013