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John Ireland

I teach at the community college level and our microbiology class is overwhelming populated by pre-nursing students who have not been required to take a chemistry or biology class before micro. In this environment I knew it made little sense to shove pathways into them, as they would simply and painfully leak back out. Rather, I take a more evolutionary approach to the idea, trying to get them to understand the big picture of the interconnectedness of the pathways and the reasons why they make sense as a whole. Sprinkle a few pointed, specific examples in the mix (typically involving a picturesque pathogen) and leave some "black boxes" along the way that they can fill in later.

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