Let’s be honest – there is only so much we can learn in our undergraduate courses, student teaching experiences, and alternative certification programs. At the end of the day, so much that I’ve learned about being a teacher, and teaching biology specifically, has been through trial and error. If we want to get fancy, we can call it “action research” in my own classroom, like my graduate professors referred to it.
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Click below to hear about student-centered pedagogy: Ready to get off the stage and be in the audience with your students during your classes? That’s what we’re diving into in this new series focusing on student-centered pedagogy. We’re talking about everything you need to know about shifting your pedagogy to
Student-Centered Pedagogy: 4 tips for revamping how you teach high school science to put students at the center
Student-centered pedagogy or learner-centered teaching strategies are not novel ideas. For the better part of the last decade there has been a major emphasis in teacher education programs to emphasize the use of instructional methods that put the focus on the student rather than the teacher. So let’s be real, I am not writing anything revolutionary here!
Click below to hear about using summer productively: Summer is here which means you can finally rest after the long and demanding school year! We know the routine – hurry, stress, and go, go, go all school year so when summer comes, we just want to relax, recharge, and unplug.
How the Secondary Science Simplified Course Helped This New Teacher with Guest Rachel Carter [episode 27]
Click below to hear how the course helped this new teacher: “Do it! What are you waiting for…it’s a game changer! It’s made my life so much easier.” This is the message today’s guest and new teacher, Rachel Carter wants to share with everyone who is considering enrolling for the
Click below to hear about leaving work at work: What are your worst work habits? Have you ever experienced the joy of actually leaving work at work? This month, I’m getting open and honest about all the bad work habits I established during my first few years in the classroom.
Teacher friend – if you are working 60+ hours a week, I can just about guarantee you aren’t going to be able to sustain this pace forever and last in this career. I can say this with confidence because I have been in your EXACT shoes, and I am here to help! I want to share with you five practical strategies for cutting 10 hours off your teacher work week that were an absolute game changer for me when I committed to reclaiming my life outside of the classroom and actually having work/life balance! Are you ready to simplify your life by changing how you approach your teacher work week? If so, these tips are for you!
Click below to hear about the importance of proactivity: During my first few years as a teacher, I developed some bad habits simply because I had so much to learn that could not be taught in a teacher certification program. There’s only so much you can learn about theories or
If your undergraduate program or teacher certification program was anything like mine, you only learned a small amount of practical information to take with you into the classroom. And I am NOT blaming it on my professors by any means – there is just only so much you can learn from talking about theories, or even shadowing another teacher. So much of my teacher education has been a “trial by fire”, so to speak, of learning the hard way.
A Look Inside the Secondary Science Simplified Course with 14-Year Teacher, Nikki Pryor [episode 24]
Click below to hear about the Secondary Science Simplified Course: “There’s no reason not to take this course. I had been a teacher for 13 years. I thought I knew about education. I’ve taught a lot of different things, and I’ve learned a lot and been through a lot of
Click below to hear about how you can set up rocks and set boundaries: We are wrapping up this month’s Ending the Year Strong series with my favorite strategy…how you can set up rocks and boundaries for yourself this summer. In each of the first three episodes of this series,
LOVED science and have especially had a heart for high school students (I volunteered with a ministry called Young Life for over a decade, and also coached a local high school dance team all through college). I knew from my teacher training program that a lot went in to teaching other than JUST teaching. I would have to write lesson plans, grade tests, prep labs, and go to faculty meetings. What I HIGHLY underestimated was how parent communication would be a HUGE part of my job.