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5 tips for teaching ecology

5 Tips for Teaching Ecology

I’m not sure if I’ve ever met a high school biology teacher who DOESN’T enjoy teaching ecology (if that’s you – let me know! I love meeting unicorns 🤪) There are so many fun, hands-on ways to engage students in this content, and because of this, students tend to really

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6 tips for teaching evolution in high school biology

6 tips for teaching evolution in high school biology

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?

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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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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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Biology Scope and Sequence

Back in the day when I taught at a public school, I didn’t even think twice about my scope and sequence.  This was all provided for me and standardized across my district.  This was great as a first-year teacher – one less thing for me to have to worry about! 

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