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
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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
As high school teachers, we miss out on getting to celebrate big holidays with our students. We don’t have Valentine’s Day parties with card exchanges and heart cupcakes, or 100th day of school celebrations like our elementary teaching friends do. But if you are a high school biology teacher, guess
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
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?
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
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
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!
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.
As I mentioned in my last post, as a 21st-century teacher I think it is critical that we take the time to reflect on our work in order to grow year after year. I don’t want to keep doing this job anymore if I get to the point when I
Every summer I love to look back and reflect over the year as a whole and make edits to my curriculum when my mind is fresh and not muddled with due dates, papers to grade, and meetings to attend. I can sit on my porch with a cup of iced