Teaching Fellow Resources

Scientific Teaching


The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning is a great place to further your teaching techniques, whether you are highly experienced or a new teaching fellow.

Below are the presentations from the 2014 Scientific Teaching Workshop for first year graduate students in the MCO (Molecules, Cells, and Organisms) training program.

Classroom Materials:

The Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale University hosts a collection of Teachable Tidbits, instructional materials for undergraduate life sciences courses.  The Tidbits were created by faculty participants at the National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Science.

Recommended reading:

  • Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 201319030. doi:10.1073/pnas.1319030111
  • Hake, R. R. (1998). Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses. American Journal of Physics, 66(1), 64. doi:10.1119/1.18809
  • Handelsman, J., Miller, S., and Pfund, C.  Scientific Teaching   (This is a book; the link is to Amazon)
  • Mestre, J.P.  Facts and Myths about Pedagogies of Engagement in Science Learning.  Peer Review.  Winter 2005. 24-27.
  • Silverthorn, D.U.  2006.  Teaching and Learning in the Interactive Classroom.  Adv Physiol Educ. 30: 135-140.
  • Wiggins, G., and J. McTighe.  2001.  Understanding by Design.
  • Wood, W.B.  2009.  Innovations in Teaching Undergraduate Biology and Why We Need Them.  Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology.  25:  93-112.
  • Implicit Bias Test - Developed by Brian Nosek, Mahzarin Banaji, and Tony Greenwald