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Is Teaching as Easy as You Think?

“Oh, you’re going to be a teacher…?” “Teaching is just like being a glorified babysitter, right?” “At least science is cool, but I hated my high school biology teacher.” These quotes are things all science education majors have heard. Little … Continue reading

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Fostering Resilient Learners

We all like to say, “you never know what someone could be going through” when referring to our own family or friends. Have you ever applied that thought to your classroom? To the student who doesn’t seem to be focused? … Continue reading

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But I thought…?

Misconceptions in the Science Classroom: But I thought…? Misconceptions are ideas that are incorrect due to difficulty understanding. In the science classroom, many different concepts are taught and with a pile of new things students could be learning, misconceptions can … Continue reading

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All I really wanna see is the Mon(Engagement)y

Getting students engaged from the start of your lesson is so important! But, that doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of money on supplies and resources for this to be successful. I’m here to list five resources that are … Continue reading

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I’m Ashton Kutcher and You’re on Pranked (MTV)

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, but MTV isn’t the music television channel full of crazy reality shows, it’s actually the title of a book called Making Thinking Visible¬†by Ron Ritchhart. MTV breaks down different strategies of making learning … Continue reading

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You’ll Believe God (and the future scientist) is a Woman

Think about a scientist. What do they look like? I can almost assume that most people imagined the stereotypically white, male scientist we see in every textbook and movie.¬† Often times, we neglect thinking about scientists who are women and/or … Continue reading

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Geology STE(A)M Activity

What is STEAM? STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Today I’m going to be going over a fun geology activity: Egg Geodes! Egg geodes are homemade crystals that only require a few household materials which allows it … Continue reading

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Constructing the Future: Constructivism

Think back to any psychology class you’ve ever taken. Do the names Piaget and Vygotsky ring a bell? If so you’ve heard of constructivism! And this is how it applies to the classroom: Defining Constructivism Constructivism is a theory that … Continue reading

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Extreme Group Work: Cooperative Learning

Think back to high school and all those group projects or group activities. Did you ever feel disconnected from your group? Like you were the only one carrying the group or vice versa? Hate group work? If you answered ‘yes’ … Continue reading

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What is “Drive?”

What gets you up in the morning? What makes you do the things you do? These are the types of questions that I asked when it comes to the idea of “drive.” So, what is “drive?” The idea of “drive” … Continue reading

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