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Coping Together: Helping Students Cope with Trauma

Teaching is hard. Ask any teacher. And it’s certainly not made any easier by the fact that our students are not blank slates. Teaching would be so much easier if students came into the classroom without previous experiences. But the reality is they are. More than that though, students are coming to our classrooms with trauma. Teaching traumatized learners takes skill, practice, and patience. Today, we’re going to unpack how we can help our students become resilient learners. Continue reading

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Alternate Conceptions: What Are They and What Can We Do

Alternate conceptions can find their way into classrooms in a variety of different ways. Maybe they’re misconceptions, incorrect assumptions, and cultural beliefs. In science classrooms, this can be difficult to deal with, so let’s talk about different ways to identify … Continue reading

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Get in Their Heads

Often as educators, we rely on students getting the right answer to know if they understand the content. This isn’t enough. If we really want to make sure we are building strong learners we need to get inside their heads, and we need to open up ours to show them how it’s done. We need to make thinking visible. Continue reading

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Blow Their Minds Without Breaking the Bank

Tired of breaking the bank trying to engage your students? There’s plenty of resources out there that can help you save money and keep your students engaged! Continue reading

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It’s Not About Convincing Them to Start, it’s About Not Pushing Them Leave.

Did you know that a third of minority students leave stem majors? And that’s starting from already low numbers. Why are minority students leaving the stem field? It’s not that minority students don’t love science. If you look at young … Continue reading

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Drive: Finding Intrinsic Motivation

“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.”
― Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Continue reading

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Let’s Go to the Margins

Imagine with me for a moment if you will that we are going on a walk on the beach. And on this walk we’ll stay walking in the sand. Now, we might find some cool shells or rocks, but we … Continue reading

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So You Want to be an Exemplary Science Teacher?

If your high school science classes were anything like mine, the only thing you’ll remember is that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell and that a binder does not make a comfortable pillow. Student’s don’t want to sit … Continue reading

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