Friday, March 30, 2018

Teaching Students how to Read to Learn in Science

Do you remember when MOOCs (massive open online courses) were all the rage? They are still around and I came across one from Stanford University called Reading to Learn in Science. This course is running now and goes until the end of May. The great things about MOOCs is that you get from it what you put and you don't have to feel guilty about not completing the whole thing because they are free! The course is designed to address such concerns, giving teachers the tools to help students read for understanding in science. With NGSS, CCLS and any other new standards you state or district might be adopting, reading in science is key. Students must know how to do things like cite evidence or support/critique an argument.

If you think that this course is for you, I suggest you check it and get registered. Even if you aren't sure, I would still register so that you have access to the information and can always go back to it later.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Teaching a new subject -

When I first started teaching Chemistry after a number of years teaching Biology I was worried that I would remember everything.  I spent the summer reading through the textbooks and review books so that I could bring my skills up to date.  Youtube was another place that I looked for explanations.  I recently learned about and had I have known about it when I first started teaching Chemistry I'm sure I would have checked it out.

There are a number of different ways to use, but for this purpose, I would choose to use it as a student because I am looking to learn myself.  There were so many different courses offered at so many different levels.  It ranges from middle school to college and includes everything and every subject in between.

Depending on the subscription level you choose, you will get access to videos, quizzes, personalized support and even college credit.  There is a free trial if you want to check it out for a few days (or try to cram a bunch of videos into those days, lol).  I suggest checking it out if you are curious about what it's like. is also offering my readers 20% their first month if you join via this link.

Do you think this is something that would be helpful to you? 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Collection of Science Teaching Resources

A while back I came across this website with a collection of science teaching resources.  It's a little old and I don't think it's being updated, but it's still a great resource.  Take a look at it and let me know what you found to be helpful or what you were hoping to find.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Teaching Rocks, Minerals, and Landforms

I will be honest with you, I don't love Earth Science the same way I do with Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Don't get me wrong, there are topics that I enjoy, but others I am not so thrilled about.  This being said Earth Science is my weakest area and I sometimes worry I will shortchange the kids when I have to teach these topics   When I can find quality video clips that present these topics I like to incorporate them into my lessons.  It provides a new perspective for my students and also gives them a change of pace in the lesson.  This collection includes videos on landforms, earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering and erosion, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, minerals, rocks, rock cycle, soil and fossil.

Which ones will you use in your class? 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Middle School Physics Videos

Physics is a broad range of topics.  Some students can grasp pretty quickly while others are more difficult.  I have found that topics around force and motion are ones that stump some students.  Newton's laws are particularly difficult for students.  I believe that part of the reason is that these laws are complex and it is hard to bring them down to a middle school level without introducing misconceptions.  I don't know what the solution is, but I'm going to keep trying to present these topics to my students in new and different ways.  One way is these short video clips that I found.  There are shot clips around 3 minutes long and come with a short quiz at the end.

What struggles do you have teaching physics to your students? 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Demonstrating Newton's Laws

This is going to be a short post because I really want to share with you a blog post written by Brandy at Half a Hundred Acre Wood.  She is a homeschooling mom who came up with an awesome way to demonstrate Newton's three Laws of Motion.

Take a visit over to this blog post to read what Brandy has to share!