The TED Talk That We Should All See

I like to listen to TED talks while I make & eat breakfast (it's summer...). It's one of the only times of day that my littles are quietly occupied and I can actually hear myself think. This morning, I saw "My Son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story."  pop up on my feed. I... Continue Reading →

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I Refuse to Be An Armed Teacher

I have been getting asked more and more whether or not I, as a teacher, would be willing to have a gun (either on me or locked in my classroom) in case of a shooting at school. But this has gone beyond people here and there asking what I think. Recently several politicians (you know... 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 →

Updates to Biology Reading Days

A while back, I wrote a blog post about my Biology Reading Days. When I started this project, I wasn't quite sure where I was going with it. I now love it. You can read the original post here. I will admit, not all my students share my enthusiasm for scientific literature. And that's fine. What... Continue Reading →

Political Biology

Today I'm sharing another one of my quarter projects, meaning my kids work on it once a week for 9 weeks. I really like this one because it gives the students the freedom to dive into a topic that they really are interested in. It requires them to find out what is happening in the... Continue Reading →

The Dream House Challenge

Our last unit of the year in freshmen bio is the environment. It is really one of my favorites because there are just so many great, hands-on ways to teach kids. Last year, we built compost containers (I wrote about them here), but this year we just ran out of time. But have no fear-... Continue Reading →

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