For those unfamiliar with Concord Consortium’s Molecular Workbench, it is free molecular simulation software used for teaching and learning science. The new, lighter, Next-Generation Molecular Workbench is accessible within your web browser. This should make using the MW with your class much, much easier. I’ve created a couple of free biochemistry review activities to showcase the software’s capabilities.
If you’ve participated in any educational professional development training in the last couple of years, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “formative assessment.” I can personally attest that it’s easy to forget the actual definition of such a term. The lexicon of educational strategies is ripe with “buzz” words rattled off in conversations between educators, the true understanding of their meaning often hazy. Sometimes its hard to dissect the efficacy of new teaching strategies. After all, the weekly cycle of planning, instructing, and assessing provides little time for casual experimentation with every “pedagogical technique du jour.” So, you may find yourself asking, “What is formative assessment?”