When the River Runs Red

I have always loved September. The shift in the air, the first scent of wood smoke, the misty mornings… In many ways, it has always been my time of new beginnings. The start of a new school year has always had more impact on me than a party in the not-quite-solstice of winter. Last September, I received my letter of acceptance into SFU’s teaching program, overcame my struggle with depression, and witnessed my favourite season in…

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Sweet Sketchnotes

Another year, another honey harvest. It is amazing how much I remembered from last time… and how much I forgot. That’s why I made some sketchnotes about the process to better refresh my memory again 12 months from now. Perhaps they will help other wannabe-beekeepers out there! Sketchnotes are a useful means of learning and recording ideas and information. It is a combination of handwritten notes, doodles, arrows, fancy lettering, etc. I find that it helps break…

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Mendelian Genetics Slowmation

Another slowmation! This one is on the topic that set me down the road of pursuing a science degree; Mendelian Genetics and the laws of Inheritance. This animation was not a team project, though I did have Max, Monsters and Molecules’ editor-in-chief, narrate it. (Pro-tip: if you know you will be the one editing a video, get someone ELSE to narrate it). I wanted to show that slowmations can be used to tell a story, and I also wanted to experiment with…

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Vaccine Slowmation

Here is a little slowmation on vaccines that I helped make for my Teaching Science Methodology course. Slowmations are an example of Maker Pedagogy (learning through hacking, adapting, designing, and creating). We made this video with very simple materials, free software (oh, Windows Movie Maker, how I love/hate you!), and in the span of a few hours. I am excited to incorporate this kind of project in my classes, as it helps students focus on the process rather…

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Getting Frizzled

Hello! And welcome to Monsters and Molecules! Today’s post is a bit of a break from the regularly scheduled programming, but it is rather like a bridge between my old pursuits and my new. So, without further ado: The Magic School Bus. We all know it (and if you do not, I recommend go educate yourself immediately). Perhaps you remember gazing at the detailed pages of one of the many books. Or that moment of giddy excitement when…

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Just Around the River Bend: a board game

It has been over a month since I started the teaching program at SFU. What a whirlwind! I have learned a lot and am feeling very hopeful about the changes coming to the BC curriculum; the idea of focusing on learning, as a opposed to a grade, is something I hold dearly. I am in the Secondary module (which is not to say there are no secondary school student teachers in the other modules; they’re just mixed…

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See, Amid the Winter’s Snow

I have returned to Vancouver, to settle in and enjoy my new “Big Book of Mandalas Colouring Book” before starting PDP next month. The weather is wet and drizzly, with not a snow patch to be found. And of course my social media feeds are filling up with photos of picturesque snowy landscapes. Snow is a pretty wondrous thing. There is the poetic beauty to the world wrapped up in a white blanket, and the characteristic silence after…

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Alight on the Winds of Knowledge

We’re taking a break from Biology today for a brief History lesson! Last year I was commissioned to design the logo for the Society for Invertebrate Pathology’s 2015 conference. Since they meet in a different city each year, they wanted the logo to showcase this year’s location: Vancouver If you have ever visited the City of Glass, it’s hard to miss the rugged North Shore mountains, or the Indigenous Canadian art throughout the streets and parks. To me, these…

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Survey Rat

Do you have a few minutes to spare? Do you wish your favourite science blogs were even better? Do you want to be part of a scientific study? Monsters and Molecules is part of digital science salon called Science Borealis (perhaps you’ve noticed the button on the bottom of the page), and we are currently conducting a survey on blog readers in collaboration with Dr. Paige Jarreau, from Louisiana State University. Together we are trying to find out…

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