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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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Teaching the Scientific Method: 3 Types of Experiments

So you’ve just started your year and you’re immediately hit with a unit on the scientific method. While many high school units include more traditional lessons, a scientific method unit naturally lends itself to inquiry learning and hands-on activities. Using open-ended scientific inquiry at the beginning of the year can

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Teacher Supplies List for Human Anatomy and Physiology

It’s back-to-school season and you just got thrown into teaching an Anatomy and Physiology course. You know this class should have lots of lab activities and hands-on lessons, but you don’t know where to start. Here is a list of supplies and equipment traditionally used for an Anatomy and Physiology

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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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How and When to Write a Biology Lab Report

I’m not sure that any high school science teacher would say she loves having students write lab reports. It’s often a lot like getting your kids to eat their vegetables- you know it’s good for them, but what a struggle to get them to do it! And grading lab reports

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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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