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  • High School Science Reading/Sub Plan Bundle Giveaway!

    If this is the first time you have visited my new website, welcome!  I designed it myself and I am really proud of it.  I started my own curriculum design business exactly a year ago and I am having so much fun designing lessons for other teachers.  As a celebration of my business year anniversary […]

  • Silent Mutations aren't Exactly Silent

    Silent Mutations aren’t exactly Silent

    An article in the “Life is Complicated” Series. Life is complicated.  When I was in college and friends asked me why I loved the TV show “LOST”.  Anyone who watched a random episode in the middle of the season usually came away from it confused and complained about its complexity.  But to me, that was the […]

  • Teaching Vocabulary

    Teaching Vocabulary

    For a lot of students, I think the hardest thing about science is the vocabulary or the language scientists use in scientific papers, textbooks, or other teaching materials.  Hypothesis?  Endoplasmic Reticulum? Nucleolus vs Nucleus vs Nucleoid?  Chromosome vs Chromatin vs Chromatid?  It can be very hard for students to get these words straight.   Why […]

  • Adapting Articles Part 4: Writing Questions

    Great questions are hard to write but so essential to the learning process.  They should never all be “search, find, and repeat” type questions where students just hunt the paper for a particular word and spit it back out on a blank on a worksheet!  To get my students to think, I usually ask variations […]

  • Science Literacy: what is it?

    The term “Science Literacy” is thrown around a lot in the news, in education school classes, and at faculty development meetings, but what does it really mean? To me, science literacy means three things. A high school graduate who is literate in science:  1. Knows how to ask questions!  A science literate graduate has enough […]