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 →

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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 →

Velcro Vocab Folder Puzzle Thingies!

Last summer, my (then) 3 year old went to nature camp at our local forest preserve. As a warm up activity, they had the kids match pieces of butterfly pictures that were velcroed to a manila folder. Brilliant! Though I thought my high schoolers might appreciate the simplicity of butterfly pictures (and maybe they'd actually... Continue Reading →

Science Literacy for Modern Students

When I look back at my own education, I had no intention of studying science (let alone teaching it). But what I always have loved is reading and writing. I can remember writing stories on my parents type writer, and I have no idea where they found the patience to read draft after draft after... Continue Reading →

Collaboration Concept Maps

We just finished final exams at my school (though my grading is far from done....). I usually dread the days leading up to exams because I find that the kids are as bored with reviewing as I am, though it is a necessary evil. I've tried review games, but find that the kids don't really... Continue Reading →

By Popular Demand!

A while back I wrote about turning my classroom into bakery. Here's the original post: Let Them Eat Bread  Since then, I've had a lot of people ask for the document I used for the yeast lab. I apologize that it took me forever to post it, but better late than never. So here it is:... Continue Reading →

Teachers Travel, Too!

This summer seems to be flying by... even faster than most! I've been fortunate enough to travel a lot and visit places I've never seen before. But the highlight happened at a professional development last week. That's right, a SUMMER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. I spent five days at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in... Continue Reading →

Creature Classification

My freshmen are doing a quick unit on classification. We cover a little history, basics of the 6 kingdoms, and dichotomous keys. It basically sets up the rest of the quarter, which covers the kingdoms in much greater detail. I'm always looking for new activities for this unit since I'm not totally in love with... Continue Reading →

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