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project-based learning in high school science

Project-Based Learning in High School Science

Several years ago my district encouraged us to really start moving towards project-based learning in high school science especially – but really in every department at my school. At first, it just felt like ANOTHER new initiative being forced on us, if I am honest. But the more I studied

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How to Use Discovery Stations

When I think back to my experience taking anatomy and physiology, I think of labeling diagrams and reading textbooks to help memorize the names of all of the structures. These aren’t exactly the most positive of memories. So when I set out to write my anatomy curriculum for my students,

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How to Get Admin to Buy Curriculum You Actually Want

But here is the deal. SO much goes into teaching besides just teaching. If you are reading this, I don’t have to tell you that, because you know. Writing curriculum and/or lesson planning from the existing curriculum is just one part of it. I knew that if I wanted to serve my students well AND actually have a life outside of school, I NEEDED HELP.

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study guides in high school

How I do Study Guides in High School Science

It didn’t take long into my teaching career to realize that my students had no idea how to prepare for tests. While many schools are moving away from tests as a whole, I have still taught in multiple schools that give tests at the completion of each unit as a

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What I wish I had known as a first year teacher

What I Wish I Had Known as a First Year Teacher

I know everyone says this, but it truly feels like yesterday that I was a first-year teacher. I will never forget the feeling of walking into my first classroom the summer before school starting and taking a big deep breath, reveling in the fact that this space would soon be

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Why I Don’t Assign Homework in High School

When I think back to my own high school experience, I think of late nights. Getting home from a 3-hour dance class or play practice only to find me up well past midnight to finish all of my homework afterward. And most of the time – I was just doing

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