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Using Science Task Cards in your High School Classroom

Task cards can be a great tool in a teacher’s repertoire of science activities. They are perfect for a classroom review game, practice for early finishers, and formative assessments. If placed around the room, task cards are an easy way to incorporate movement and collaboration in the classroom as students

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Organizing Your Environmental Science Course

Have you been staring at a blank page trying to organize your scope and sequence for an Environmental Science course? Have you rearranged your lesson plans and activities over and over with no success? Finding a good order for your teaching resources is particularly difficult for an Environmental Science or

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Easy Emergency Sub Plans for Science Teachers

Creating sub plans can be one of the most stressful parts of teaching. And nothing is worse than an emergency sub day because you’re sick or you have to stay home to care for someone else. Without warning, it’s easy to tell the sub to play a video or use

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6 Ideas for Alternative Assessments: Beyond the Final Exam

It’s the end of the semester. You and your students are exhausted and ready for a break. Your administrator, however, has requested an end-of-course or midterm assessment. Although a traditional final exam may be easy to grade, there are many more engaging ways to assess what your students have learned

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How to Use Science Doodle Notes in High School

Doodle notes. It’s a term you’ve probably heard in your teacher circles, on social media, and possibly even in professional development training. But what are doodle notes and how can they be used in the high school science classroom? Years ago, teachers were taught that each child had a particular

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Different Learning Styles: A Theory Debunked?

Are you a “visual learner”? Me too. Guess what- we all are. Learning styles are a popular concept in educational psychology. The idea of learning styles is that in order to best teach a student, the method of teaching needs to match the way that student learns best. Although a

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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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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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