Author Archives: Emily Beck

About Emily Beck

I am a PhD student in Bioengineering at the University of Kansas and I am studying Tissue Engineering. I am interested in using nanoparticles and natural materials to create scaffolds that can assist in tissue regeneration/repair.

Teaching perfection and Cats in Space!

Reflecting on what I’ve learned and experienced over the past year out of my GK-12 tenure is a little hard to explain briefly (I’m sorry!), but I have two experiences that have changed my views on teaching and learning in general. My … Continue reading

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Will you marry me?

This is the question that every girl awaits for someday, right?  Ok, maybe not every girl, but I’m digressing.  Never in a million years would I have expected to hear this question in a middle school, let alone be the … Continue reading

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Personal Response Lesson

“Hey cool, it’s a wiimote!” Task 1: Engage…check.  Yesterday I gave my personal response lesson and this was the typical statement I heard from each class as I handed out the clickers.  I didn’t anticipate this at all, but it … Continue reading

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That Awkward Moment When You Realize You’re Now the Professor

Ok, so maybe professor is not really true.  Let’s call it substitute course instructor. Yeah, that’s better. This last week I had the pleasure of teaching an undergraduate engineering course for my advisor who was out of town.  I actually … Continue reading

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The Cuteness Factor

On this particular day in the classroom, the students were learning about insects hands on!  What was the particular insect they were studying you might ask?  Why, it was a Madagascar hissing cockroach.  I’ll admit, I was not particularly excited … Continue reading

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Education System: 1 Learning: 0

On Tuesday the students were working on a science notebook scavenger hunt to review for their upcoming exam.  Basically, they had to fill out a worksheet that reviewed what they had covered for this particular unit.  Something I noticed that … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Ovaries

This week we got to dissect flowers!  I’ll admit that I might have had to quickly refresh my memory on plant biology as I haven’t studied plant biology since…well, my K-12 education.  Anyways, the students had to identify several structures … Continue reading

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