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Science Teaching: Growth Only Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

Introduction: Many times when I tell people that I am going to teach high school, they give me a look of horror. This look actually becomes amplified when I tell them that I am planning on teaching biology and chemistry. … Continue reading

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Creating a “Safe Space” for Students Experiencing Trauma

                    Introduction Trauma is a very hard thing for me to talk about, but it is one of the biggest reasons that I came into the teaching field. I felt like … Continue reading

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Assessment in the Science Classroom: Dare to be Creative!

          Introduction: Most of the time, tests and exams are used to assess in the science classroom. I don’t know about you, but those two words let my body slip into fight or flight mode! Many … Continue reading

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Evolution vs. Natural Selection: Why are the Misconceptions Important to Correct?

        Introduction: Imagine if a group of students walk up to you and make the following statements about biology: “Natural selection and evolution are the same thing.” ” Natural selection leads to the creation of new features. … Continue reading

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An Awesome Biology Class that Students Will Never Forget!

            Inroduction: Benefits of Engaging Students It is important to engage students when teaching biology or any type of science for that matter. Many times, lecturing just won’t cut it. Kids need to EXPERIENCE biology … Continue reading

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Making Thinking Visible: Uncovering the Imagination

          Introduction: What is Making Thinking Visible?? Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart is a must-read for all educators. I must confess that before I went into the classroom, I had a lot of misconceptions about … Continue reading

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Everyone Can Reach For the Stars

Where we stand today Women, minorities and those with disabilities are scarce in the STEM fields. There are many reasons why this is. One of the main reasons is the stereotypes placed on these individuals. Women are thought of, not … Continue reading

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Interior of the Earth STE(A)M lesson

      What is STE(A)M? STE(A)M is an awesome thing! It stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. I am so happy that they include art in the acronym. Art and science are my all-time favorites! To be … Continue reading

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Providing Intellectual Soil and Nutrients so the Roots of the Trees of Knowledge will be Deep

  Introduction Back when I started teaching and even now, I had no idea of the importance of a thing called constructivism. I didn’t even know what it meant. Now, I have an idea of what it means, but sometimes … Continue reading

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Collaborative Learning: Not Just Working in Groups.

I             Introduction When I was in high school, I won’t lie, group work made me gag. I hated working as a team because many of the people that I worked with didn’t want to … Continue reading

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