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Science & Nature

Future Doc: Fruit Fly Genetics

This 6 week course opens the world of Genetics with fruit flies! These tiny insects hold the key to human genetics.
Patricia Valdez
147 total reviews for this teacher
New class
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

My goal is to have students dive into understanding genetics and yearn to learn more about what their own futures hold.
I am a Secondary Certified Teacher with a lifetime certification in Education. My major is Biology and my minor is Art. I've been teaching Health, General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, Advanced Biology for over thirty-five years to middle and high school students worldwide. I've taught in public, private, Montessori, and home school groups. I am CPR certified.

I was a moderator of the annual Health and Science Fair for several schools. With this expertise, I feel I am more than qualified to tutor your child. I enjoy teaching. 

I also took have taken supplemental courses; such as Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us (from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018) and Drugs, drug use, drug policy and health (from the University of Geneva in 2020) on

Further background information can be found on my LinkedIn:
I may assign coloring sheets and worksheets to enhance the learning experience.
Materials: Pipe cleaners (assorted colors) Pencil Color pencils Sketch pad Construction paper Tape Glue stick Optional materials: Purchase a fruit fly kit from a biological supply company. Ex. Carolina Biological Or catch wild fruit flies for observation purposes (empty jars or vials, banana, yeast, alka seltzer, rubber tubing)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I orally assess my students.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Sexing of the fruit flies will use the term vaginal pore and penis.
Also, we will review Meiosis that involves the terms sperm and eggs.
We will be using various websites and Google slides that incorporate 3 to 5 minute video to explain and discuss genetic concepts. 


Patricia Valdez
Lives in the United States
Energetic and Engaging!
147 total reviews
167 completed classes

About Me

Hello, My name is Patricia Valdez. I love teaching! 

I am a wife. I have four sons (who were homeschooled all the way thru to high school) and seven grandchildren. Recently, we now have a foster grandchild. I am bilingual. I speak both English... 
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