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Using the Cornell Method for Biology Notes

I’ve seen and used several different note-taking methods with my high school science students over the years, but Cornell style notes have quickly become one of my favorite strategies. I’ve found that Cornell notes are an easy and effective way for students to record important information from PowerPoints and even

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Using Histology in your Human Anatomy Course

When you think of anatomy and physiology labs, chances are you think of dissections or other hands-on lab experiences. Perhaps that’s one reason the study of cells and tissues (called histology) is often overlooked in the high school anatomy classroom. Medical professionals understand that histology is essential to our understanding

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Earth Day Projects for Secondary Students

Earth Day is a great opportunity to bring relevant environmental issues into the middle school or high school classroom. These teens are part of a generation that will soon be responsible for protecting the environment and encouraging conservation in their own communities, so let’s make sure they’re aware of what

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5 Activities to Promote Movement in the Science Classroom

Scientific research has shown the average learner needs to move his or her body every 20–30 minutes. When students (or adults for that matter!) sit too long, it can lead to decreased oxygen flow to the brain, reducing the ability to concentrate or remember new information. Fortunately, getting students moving

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Holiday Science Lesson Ideas that Teens Will Love!

It’s hard to contain the excitement during the holiday season. Instead of fighting it, harness their energy with some fun holiday ideas! With these science lessons, your high school students will be learning in festive ways and you can continue to work on content all the way until that glorious

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12 Halloween Ideas For Your Anatomy Class

Skeletons and fake blood? It’s like Halloween was made for Anatomy classes! Although I always include lots of experiments, projects, and labs in my Anatomy and Physiology course, Halloween is the perfect time to incorporate a few more. These engaging and creative Anatomy lesson ideas are sure to wow your

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Going Virtual with Biology Labs

I know many of you are planning for different circumstances in your Biology classrooms this year. In the last few years, large populations of students learned virtually and many schools forbid science labs even in face-to-face environments, so naturally, teachers were looking for virtual lab options. Many free virtual Biology

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Using Medical Case Studies in the Anatomy Classroom

Solving problems and analyzing data are highlighted practices in the high school science classroom according to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Although this often includes analysis of wet labs and experiments, I propose that diagnostic case studies can fit these criteria, as well. There is no course in which case

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Homeschooling Science: Three Advanced High School Options

My homeschool science co-op students are constantly looking to me for advice on advanced high school courses and college admissions.  Although I’ve insisted that these decisions are best made within their family, over time I’ve realized that homeschooling parents often don’t understand the nuances of advanced coursework.  In fact, the

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5 Biology Labs You Can Do with Household Items

Parents using a homeschool science curriculum are often looking for interesting science experiments that are easy and inexpensive.  Although these can be easy to find for grade school students, they can be harder to find at the high school level.  Thankfully, even high school biology labs can use everyday items from

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