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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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
“High schools near me don’t even do real labs anymore. They’re all virtual. Why should I spend the money on lab supplies?” “Does my child need to do Biology labs if she’s not going into a science field?” “How many hours of labs count as a ‘lab science’?” These are
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Mathematics is a part of science…a set of tools that helps scientists understand a marvelously complex world.” -Dr. Paul Williams, Biology Professor at Univ. of Wisconsin If my child is only halfway through Algebra 1, can she take Chemistry? What science course should my son take as a 9th grader? Most parents