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Sarah Tedesco
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(98)
This is a 12-week course that introduces learners to the six types of microorganisms: fungi, bacteria, viruses, algae, protozoa, and archea!

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Below outlines the main topics covered in the course. By the end, your learner should be able to identify and explain these topics: 

1. The parts of prokaryotic cells.
2. How prokaryotic cells are different from eukaryotic cells.
3. The parts of bacteria, including the shapes that bacteria can come in. 
4. The parts of a virus, including how it enters a host cell.
5. Why viruses are not considered alive. 
6. Specifics of a bacteriophage's lytic and lysogenic cycle.
7. The parts of the fungi group. 
8. How fungi reproduce using spores and other mechanisms.
9. How mold grows and propagates on rotten food.
10. The general structure of algae.
11. The difference between red and green algae. 
12. General parts of protozoa and their properties. 
13. How protozoa feed and move using cilia and other structures.
14. General parts of archaea.
15. Why archaea can survive in extreme environments.
16. Chemosynthesis.
I am a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a Master's of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Biomedical Engineering. During my degree, I've been required to take Cellular Biology courses with intensive laboratory portions. In addition, I've taken courses in Biomaterials and in Physiology. A specific course I took is the inspiration for this course.

I've been an online teacher for 5 years, and I've been teaching Cellular Biology at middle and high school levels for more than 2 of those years. Although this is a new course, I've been teaching topics such as these for 3 years online.
Homework Offered
Students are provided with a course workbook that contains all class activities and homework assignments. Homework is assigned each class day in the form of pages in this workbook. Homework assignments are meant to be meaningful, enjoyable, and brief. I never assign busy-work, and homework should never take more than 30 minutes to complete.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learners are never assessed in this course, but are always given the option to submit their workbooks for a grade.
Grades Offered
This course comes with a workbook for each unit. Students should print these workbooks, as they contain all of the homework assignments for the course as well as in-class activities.

Students can bring their workbooks to class each day if they prefer to complete the homework assignments early or take notes. There is no "note-taking" requirement. 

If students are required to bring their workbooks one day, I will notify them ahead of time.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Although nothing in this course is graphic or inappropriate, we will be viewing images of bacteria, mushrooms, and other microorganisms. If your learner is extra squeamish or find images of these things unpleasant, this may not be the course for them. For more information, please message me! 

This course also has a section on viruses. If your learner finds viruses frightening or is upset by them, this may not be the course for them.
The curriculum for this course is my own, but my knowledge is mostly sourced from a textbook entitled The World of the Cell by Jeff Hardin and his colleagues. 

Less complex topics can also be sourced by most AP Biology textbooks, such as the ones by Campbell.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(98)
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👋 Who are you? What is your background?

My name is Sarah Tedesco and I am a 23-year-old Ph.D. student from Long Island, New York. I am a first year Ph.D. student in Cellular Biology... 
Group Class


weekly or $172 for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
60 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-15
3-18 learners per class

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