Bringing Specimens and Live Animals to the Classroom in Order to Maximize Learning

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Written by Saverio Lumia, a 2015 Galbraith winner from York University.

Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of volunteering and working at the Hands-on Biodiversity (HOB) Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum. One of my many responsibilities is to use specimens and live animals to teach students about biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and anatomy. As a result of my experiences at the HOB gallery, I have become a strong advocate of hands-on inquiry learning and the importance of students experiencing science. By using specimens in this informal setting, students are able to learn about specific biological concepts in a unique and memorable way. One day, I aspire to incorporate hands-on learning with specimens and live animals in my own classroom, and hopefully, my fellow biology teachers will do the same.

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