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Biology Instructors Present at National Conference

November 14, 2018

Two Wayne Community College instructors presented on a successful teaching technique at a recent National Association of Biology Teachers conference.

Biology instructors Lynn Swafford and Sondi Hoffman were invited to display and discuss their poster on “Using Scratch-Off Cards in Biology Classrooms” after presenting an abstract proposing the topic.

The poster discussed the “Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique,” how it works, previous studies, the WCC instructors’ experiences, results of surveys taken by their students, and the advantages and disadvantages of the technique.

“We have seen an increase in student engagement and understanding” since starting to use the cards, Swafford and Hoffman concluded, and they will continue to use them and monitor student learning.

Instructors Sondi Hoffman and Lynn Swafford presented at the 2018 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference.

They presented their data and determinations at the NABT Professional Development Conference in San Diego, California which they attended with fellow WCC instructor Amy Cherry Millis.

Their poster was one of 48 by teachers, instructors, and professors from around the country in the “General” category that highlighted strategies and techniques for teaching biology.

The National Association of Biology Teachers is the “leader in life science education.”™ The association is the largest national organization dedicated exclusively to supporting biology and life science educators and empowering them to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students.. Its members – representing all grade levels – teach more than one million students each year. Learn more at

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