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Why I Don’t Care if my Students Pass the AP Exam

  This year was my first year taking on AP Biology.  I’ve previously written an overview of what I’ve learned in the first year and some helpful tips, such as attending an AP Summer Institute.  At my summer institute, my instructor really drilled in something that set the tone for

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Teaching AP Biology for the First Time

Teaching AP Biology for the First Time

As we rapidly approach the end to another school year (how is it almost May?!?) I can’t help but pause and look back on this year of teaching.  This was my first year ever taking on AP Biology so I thought it would be helpful (while it is still so fresh in my memory) to take some time to reflect on the good and the bad from this year and what I’ve learned from it all.  Hopefully this post will be helpful for any teacher who is attempting to tackle AP biology (or really any AP class) for the first time!

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5 Tips for First Year Teachers

One of the reasons I started my TpT store (and blog) over two years ago now (I can’t believe how fast time has gone!!) was to help first-year teachers.  I wanted to create products with EVERYTHING you needed to teach a subject for those walking into a school or department

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Teaching through Grief

This is a really hard topic for me to write about, but I told myself when I started this blog I would only write about things I was experiencing so I could write authentically, and this is what we are currently walking through right now so I think it is

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Surviving Second Semester

Do you ever have those school years where you legitimately consider not going back after winter break?  Where surviving second semester seems utterly impossible? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my job and am so thankful I get to do something that I enjoy so much for a living,

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Physical Science Scope and Sequence

Last year after completing my full year biology curriculum, I decided to write a blog post to give context for why I chose the particular scope and sequence that I use in biology.  I loved hearing from so many of you, so after a little break from product creation, I

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Switching to Public or Private: 10 Questions to Consider

When I started teaching I NEVER, EVER, EVER wanted to leave the public school system.  I was so passionate about teaching underprivileged students.  Naive as I was, I wanted a “Freedom Writers” type experience with my students.  This was so much so that my senior year of college I applied

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What I’ve learned: 5 tips for teaching Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

I am trying to be better about reflecting and editing my curriculum IMMEDIATELY after teaching so it is still fresh in my mind what worked and what didn’t work.  To be honest, I have kind of failed at this, because I finished teaching my Energy Flow unit back at the end of October and I am just a little behind getting them out to share with you all.  You can read more about the order in which I’ve chosen to teach Biology in my post here.  So a little bit later than planned, but here are 5 tips I have for anyone who is teaching Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.  

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Goal Setting for the New Year

It’s crazy to me to look back on 2016 and see how different the year ended up than I ever intended or planned for it to.  In some ways this was disappointing.  In other ways 2016 surprised me in the sweetest ways possible.  One of those sweet surprises was with the growth of my Teachers Pay Teachers business, and the start of this blog.  But with that surprising growth also came even bigger dreams for what this could be, and with that some overwhelming feelings.  I had ended 2015 feeling exhausted by all of my responsibilities at my school, in my ministry, and in my home, and yet I ended 2016 with all of those same responsibilities + a growing business and blog to maintain and market.  How was I ever supposed to get through 2017 with all of this on my plate?

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Thank You Notes Volume 2: End of Semester

It’s that time of year where the end of the semester is rapidly approaching and our students are starting to realize the inevitability of their grades.  But it is also Thanksgiving week and so we should focus on what we are thankful for right?  So I figured it was time for another set of thank you notes. 

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