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Fostering Resilience in the Classroom

“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” – Haim Ginnot As teachers, one of the biggest jobs that we have with our students is being a good role model and a support system for them … Continue reading

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Common Misconceptions in Science

Plants can only reproduce asexually. Daughters inherit most of their characteristics from their mothers and sons from their fathers. Eating sugar causes kids to become hyperactive. These are all examples of common misconceptions. A misconception is defined as: a belief … Continue reading

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The Duckworth Approach

Eleanor Duckworth is a firm believer in “the having of wonderful ideas.” You may be wondering, what classifies as a wonderful idea? She describes the very essence of wonderful ideas as the ability to surprise others by your idea and … Continue reading

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MTV: More Than Music Television

Everyone has heard of the television station MTV. It has been around for ages and what started as a place for music videos now hosts popular television shows. However, the education strategies for MTV are something totally different. What we … Continue reading

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Group Work vs. Teamwork: There’s A Big Difference

It is common knowledge that group work is encouraged in high school classrooms. More group work means better connections and more engagement, right? Well, what if I told you that group work doesn’t make much of a difference. Cooperative learning, … Continue reading

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What Drives You?

Think about certain challenges that you’ve been faced with during your lifetime. What has been your key motivators that pushed you to complete these challenges? Was it the promise of a higher salary? Maybe a gold medal? Or was it … Continue reading

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Teaching in the Margins: What Is It?

Think about the term “margin”. It’s the part of a written source where the text stops and the blank space of the page starts, right? Well, what if I told you margins can also be involved in the classroom? And … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be an Exemplary Science Teacher?

Think back to your high school career. I know it may seem like decades ago, but everyone has certain memories that stick out in their mind that they will never forget. Try to recall some memories of specific teachers you … Continue reading

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