Okay if you have been around a while you know that I am the QUEEN of a preface (I just feel like I have to say all the things since most likely you are a stranger reading this and you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, and it
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Teaching evolution has always been one of my all-time favorite topics! It’s crazy to even type that because I was incredibly intimidated teaching this unit my first year. What if I explain it poorly? What if I further reinforce someone’s misconceptions? What if I offend a student in my class?
I absolutely LOVE using stations in my high school science classroom. When I was student teaching, one of my best friends and roommates was also student teaching, but in an elementary school. Her mentor teacher taught her to regularly incorporate stations with her 4th grade students, and I thought –
I LOVE using stations in my high school science classes. I have found them to be incredibly effective with secondary students, and I’ve found SO many uses for them, outside of how they are traditionally viewed for use in elementary classrooms. I want to address the six biggest challenges I
Teaching with stations isn’t just for elementary students – they work SO WELL with high school students too! I love to use stations and have come up with a ton of different ways to use them over the years. As with most anything, you live and you learn. It has
So if you’ve been around here much, you know that I love to use stations in my high school science classes. Stations aren’t just for elementary students – they have tons of great value for high school students, too! Best of all, there are SO MANY different ways you can
When I was student teaching I had three roommates who were also student teaching – one of which was in elementary school. She would come home and often talk about the stations she did with her students and I remember thinking – that sounds fun! I wonder how it would
Like many biology teachers, I absolutely LOVE teaching genetics and heredity. Students are always incredibly engaged and come to class with so many great questions. However, I have learned over the years teaching about inheritance, that the topics can still be really complex and hard for students to grasp, no
Make science relevant. This is most likely something you have heard about your entire teaching career. So why do I think this is more important for high school teachers now than ever before? This decade has only just begun but as I reflect on what has characterized it thus far,
So you’ve found yourself in a situation where you are teaching and having to balance multiple preps as a high school science teacher. Maybe you, like me, taught in a small private school and are the only one teaching all the courses you teach. Or maybe you are at a
If you have been around It’s Not Rocket ScienceⓇ long, then you have heard about the secondary classroom procedure I can’t live without. That’s right – BELL RINGERS – or what I like to call “Prime TimesⓇ” because the first five minutes are the most important part of your day.
If you want to make your teacher life easier, you MUST have solid systems at home to do it. These systems made my life so much easier when I was teaching in the classroom full time, and have especially been helpful now as I work from home with 2 tiny