Learning a New Thing(link)

I was at a technology conference recently and one of my favorite take aways from the day was ThingLink. This is a site that lets you make an image interactive. Students could use this to create an idea board, as a way to collect research, or even for a new way to present their own... Continue Reading →

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If At First They Don’t Succeed, Make Them Try Again

Since it's summer and I know we teachers love to think about big picture changes to our classrooms.... here's one of my "things". I give quizzes a lot. A lot, a lot. They're pretty low stakes point wise; each quiz is 5 points, no matter how many questions, which usually works out to around 2-4%... Continue Reading →

How to Engage & Frustrate Your Students

Have you tried out the Checks Lab from Understanding Evolution? This is an activity that I have been using for several years now. It's one of my favorites! And this picture shows why: Students are hooked pretty much from the get go. They find it interesting, a little taboo (it involves possible drug rehab and... Continue Reading →

If You Want To Know, Just Ask!

Who doesn't love creating/giving/evaluating a good pre-assessment? Not this teacher. But we all know we need to know a baseline for our students. We can assume what our students know about a unit. We can have an idea what they¬†should know based on vertical alignment and what was taught (hopefully)¬† in previous grades. But let's... Continue Reading →

The Tallest Tower Wins

Second semester is here again! I really love to use that first day back to get the kids up, moving, and being creative. But I know they need to ease back into school... no heavy content just yet. My go to used to be the Ultimate Bubble Blowing Champion. But I recently switched schools. So... Continue Reading →

Am I Secretly a Techie?

I have been stating for a while that I am not a techie. But I recently switched from a 1-1 school to a non 1-1 school. And I am quickly realizing just how much I did use tech in my teaching. Yes, I used a lot of student tools.... but I used a lot of... Continue Reading →

Making Learning Visual

For those of us that are teaching science using the NGSS, we know the importance of students creating and using models. I've recently been using them in place of (or at least in addition to) taking notes. We all have those kids who are just crazy artistically talented. But even those who aren't can get... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Use of Wikipedia

Do your students just love Wikipedia? Do they love competitions? Do you want to see how much they know about a topic before you start and are sick of pre-tests? Are you looking for opportunities to further challenge your students that finish their work early or who are ready to move on while others in... Continue Reading →

Let Nature Be Your Guide!

Last summer, as part of my Master's in Teaching Biology (which was awesome, learn more here.) I took a class on bioinspiration. I had never really heard of bioinspiration and didn't know what I was getting into. IT WAS SO COOL! In a nut shell, bioinspiration is looking at how an organism or ecosystem performs... Continue Reading →

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