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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So the 1st day of school in high school science is approaching and you don’t know what exactly to do with your students. There is so much procedural/background content you want to cover, but you also want the day to be FUN and engaging so your students know what to
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,
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.
The summer before my first year teaching I read everything I could about how to start the year strong. A lot of it was about being really strict at the beginning of the year to prove your authority. Some even mentioned not smiling until after winter break (I could never
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
I was pre-med in college before I decided to switch my major to secondary science education. Because of this, I have always LOVED teaching life science courses. I logically knew as a teacher I wouldn’t always get to teach what I wanted, but I was still shocked when I got
I have fallen in love at first sight 4x in my life. Once when I met my husband, each time my children were born, and when I was first introduced to teaching with packets. Many moons ago I landed my first official teaching job, teaching biology (with a high-stakes state
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
If you are here, I am guessing you either already teach Anatomy & Physiology or just found out you will be teaching it next school year, and are looking for some help with an anatomy curriculum. First let me say, HOORAY! This is truly one of my favorite courses, and
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
It’s that time of year – schedules are going out and you are finding out your course load for the first time. And you see that you got biology. You may be having one of the following reactions: YAY!! I love biology!! 😍 😍 Oh noooo. But I am a