For the last couple of years I have done an elaborate science demo day in my class for Halloween. This is one of those experiences that students will remember when they look back on their middle school experience. I encourage you to dig deep and really put some thought into the presentation. It will go …Read More
Middle School Science
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Increase Engagement in Middle School Science
I started my career in corporate America as a systems analyst for a computer company. There was a high value placed on efficiency in the work environment. When I moved over to education I found lots of opportunities to make my classroom run as smoothly as possible. It almost became a game to me. This …Read More
Creating an engaging escape room experience for your middle school science students doesn’t have to be difficult. Set your escape rooms apart from the other by weaving a narrative throughout the activity. Students will become invested in the story and the artifacts and puzzles will be more meaningful to them. I have put together a …Read More
I used to play classroom Jeopardy as a science review game before I realized I was doing it all wrong. I want to share with you three truths about why my science review games needed a complete overhaul. More importantly, I’ll give you some suggestions on how to improve your students’ participation and ultimately improve …Read More
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Back to school always felt like a fresh start for me. One of my favorite parts about teaching was that each year I got a chance to correct the wrongs from the previous year. I used the first few weeks of school to build relationships with students and to put them into situations that helped …Read More
Your middle school classroom probably looks a lot like mine did. The ability of your students ranges all the way from elementary to high school. The challenge becomes how to deal with students who work at different paces. If you’re running a student-centered classroom then you probably have run into the issue of finding additional activities …Read More
What Comes First? Notes or Labs? The number one question from science teachers that I’ve gotten over the past couple of years is, “What comes first, the notes and INB templates, or the labs?” I wish there was a definitive answer, but I really do think it can work either way. I always tried to …Read More
Are Science Stations Effective Middle School Science Activities? Science stations are a staple in my classroom and have made the biggest impact on student mastery. I’m a firm believer in student-led learning in any subject, but in science, it is so important that hands-on exploration is part of the learning process. There’s no reason your …Read More
I’ve been working with science interactive notebooks for several years in the classroom and the question that I see come up over and over is, “How do you use them effectively in your class?” Let’s talk about it. What are Interactive Notebooks? When I first showed Science Interactive Notebook Templates to another teacher on campus, …Read More
During the beginning of the year is a great time to have the conversation with your students about what high quality work looks like. I heard this anecdote from one of the assistant principals at our school and felt like it was highly relevant to the secondary classroom. I’ll tell the story as I would tell …Read More
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