Using Phenomena to Engage Students [Episode 45]


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Using phenomena is a great way to engage your students but it can be so overwhelming trying to figure out what to do or how to get started. If you’re using NGSS or other standards that utilize phenomena, but are struggling to incorporate them in a meaningful way, I’m going to break it down for you! In this episode, we’re diving into engaging students through phenomena.

I absolutely love using phenomena in my teaching and am sharing my best tips for how to use them in your classroom, too! In today’s episode, I share what phenomena are and are not, why I LOVE using them in my teaching, why I do not structure my units around phenomena, my advice for getting started using them, and my favorite phenomena for Biology, Anatomy, and Physical Science. 

This episode is packed with information and tips to help you feel less overwhelmed and more equipped to better engage your students by using phenomena!

I want to hear from you! We are coming up on our 50th episode! To celebrate, I am doing an “ask me anything” episode where no topic is off limits. Submit any question you have by DM-ing me on Instagram or send me an email to rebecca@itsnotrocketscienceclassroom.com.

Topics Discussed in This Episode on Using Phenomena:

  • What I like and do not like about the NGSS and similar state standards
  • What phenomena are and are not
  • Why I love using phenomena to engage students in my classes
  • Why I purposely do not structure my units around phenomena 
  • How to get started using phenomena and my advice on how to use them without throwing out the lesson plans you already have
  • My favorite phenomena for Biology, Anatomy, and Physical Science
  • Submit your questions for our 50th episode via email rebecca@itsnotrocketscienceclassroom.com or a DM on Instagram

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Secondary Science Simplified is a podcast specifically for high school science teachers that will help you to engage your students AND simplify your life as a secondary science educator. Each week Rebecca, from It’s Not Rocket Science, and her guests will share practical and easy-to-implement strategies for decreasing your workload so that you can stop working overtime and start focusing your energy doing what you love – actually teaching!

Teaching doesn’t have to be rocket science, and you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to simplify your secondary science teaching life so that you can enjoy your life outside of school even more. Head to itsnotrocketscienceclassroom.com/challenge to grab your FREE Classroom Reset Challenge.

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