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John Romano

Heads you learn, tails you learn.

Yesterday I posted a flashy way of teaching Mendelian genetics.  Today I want to post a super easy way of teaching basic Mendelian genetics. How easy?
Easy as flipping a coin.
Anyone who has ever taught genetics knows the most important word you will say during those lessons is “probability”.  If your …

You Don’t Have to Eat Your Peas

“Alright class, let’s do a genetic problem. If a blue eyed man has children with a homozygous dominant brown eyed woman what are the genotypic and phenotypic ratiossssszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”
Or perhaps….
“If Mendel crosses a green wrinkled seed with a yellow smooth seed…. ” *THUMP* <—student head hitting desk.
I got sick of the …

I am a Science Teacher

“So you are a scientist?”
“Yes, I teach high school science.”
“Oh, so you’re not a real scientist.”
I would like to say I haven’t had …

How to Kill Your Audience

“Mr. Romano, can you explain to me the difference between phenotype and genotype again?”
“Sure” I replied, “First the easiest way to remember …

The Art of Teaching

One of the best guides to teaching that I have come across is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Make no …

Because You’re There

The New York Times once asked George Mallory why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest.  Hoping for an answer that would transcend …