Fall In Love with Science Teaching Again

I love what I do. Not every minutes, and sometimes not even every day. But I love what I do. Here are some of my favorite reasons to fall in love with science teaching today: That moment when the kids say “Ooooh, I get it!” The kid who says “This is my favorite class!” EverybodyContinue reading “Fall In Love with Science Teaching Again”

How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines are in the news! Hooray for scientists! But how do vaccines work? How does your body fight disease? When germs such as bacteria or viruses infect your body, they attack and multiply which causes illness.  Your immune system’s job is to fight the bacteria or virus. You have three different types of white bloodContinue reading “How Do Vaccines Work?”

Problem Based Learning Ideas for Middle School Science

A Problem Based Learning Activity is an open ended challenge that asks students to solve a problem or create a product incorporating skills or content they have mastered. Alternately, the PBL can be used to introduce skills or lead students to discover content on their own. Problem based learning is student centered learning which increasesContinue reading “Problem Based Learning Ideas for Middle School Science”

Distance Learning with Hyperdocs

Delivering instruction is challenging in distance learning situations. Challenging, but not impossible. For the past 6 weeks, we’ve tried countless web based programs – Kahoot, Quizlet, Newsela, Flocabulary, Quia, Quizziz, Edpuzzle – I can’t even name them all. But Google still rules. Using a hyperdoc, I can direct my students to nuggets of information –Continue reading “Distance Learning with Hyperdocs”

Escape rooms in the Classroom

Have you ever been to an escape room? Escape rooms are great addition in your classroom. What is an escape room? If you’ve never been to an escape room, they are an entertainment experience in which you and your team of people, somewhere between 2 and 6 is appropriate, solve puzzles in order to escapeContinue reading “Escape rooms in the Classroom”

Mass and Volume hands on activities

Whatever you are, be a good one. — Abraham Lincoln It’s President’s Day. And a 3 day weekend! Most of you are probably relaxing or getting errands done for the week ahead. I spent the morning writing a seriously fantastic mass and volume unit for my resource room 8th graders. I’ll start the unit withContinue reading “Mass and Volume hands on activities”