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I don’t know if there are many jobs like teaching where it is actually HARDER to be out than it is to be there. Writing sub plans for secondary science teachers is almost always worse than powering through your dreaded seasonal allergies or actually making it to your bi-yearly dentist appointments.
If you are a secondary science teacher, I can bet that you are probably pretty tired from all of the responsibilities that go into your job. It can be hard to come up with ways to engage students in your classroom that don’t require a TON of behind-the-scenes prep work on your end. But have no fear, I am here to share my FAVORITE no-prep student-centered activities with you.
As a secondary science teacher, I can confidently say I know that you have 203948234 things on your plate on a daily basis. I can also confidently say that, if your teaching experience is anything like mine has been, you have something around 45 minutes built in a day (90
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.
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
When it comes to lesson planning, you may be coming to the table with zero training in this, or you may be entirely sick of hearing about it. Particularly for high school science teachers, I have met so many who have come to the classroom as a 2nd career, and
When you decided you wanted to be a teacher, you probably had all sorts of ideas for how you would change students’ lives and the exciting content that you would share with them. You most likely knew and were excited about curriculum design being a part of the job. Who
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,
I remember when I got a job at my current school and I was told that the school followed the Next Generation Science Standards*. I had done a decent bit of training on the standards during my graduate studies at night my first few years teaching, but I felt like
One of the key components of implementing Next Generation Science Standards* in your classroom is the incorporation of phenomena into your teaching methods. So what does this even mean for you and me? How do we begin approaching a shift in our instructional strategies and curriculum to better utilize phenomena
We’ve all heard of Common Core. Most of us have also heard of Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS). So what is the story? What are these standards and what is it we should know about them as science educators? In this post, I am going to give you a background