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  • Chemical Compound Naming Activity

    Chemical Compound Naming Dice Activity Introduction I took a poll recently and asked teachers what the hardest topic for them is to teach and a bunch of readers wrote in that chemical compound naming and chemical formula writing is the hardest topic to make fun!  Nomenclature can be a sort of dry topic to teach. […]

  • Chemistry Doodle Diagram Notes Giveaway!

      I’m really excited to announce my spring giveaway – I’m giving away a growing chemistry doodle diagram notes bundle!  These notes haven’t even been released yet – I’m almost done with units 1 and 2.  The two winners will receive the growing bundle throughout this year as each unit is created.  Please enter to […]

  • Designing the Exoplanet Adventure

    What does end-of-the-year-review look like in your classroom?    I know in my biology classroom, I had review packets that the diligent students grudgingly filled in over a few class periods (and the not-as-motivated students simply ignored).  I always wanted to create some sort of fun-review activity to get students thinking and reviewing their knowledge […]

  • How to be an awesome mentor teacher

      My first teacher job was a split math and biology position at a great private school.  I was brand new, and I mean BRAND NEW!  I had previously taught and tutored several subjects in math and science, but I had never had my own class of high schoolers before and my degrees were not […]

  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

      Thank you for following my blog and using my resources in your classroom!  I’m doing 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways for my email subscribers.  I’ll be sending out gifts every day.   When you enter, you’ll be subscribing to my email list.  I email my subscribers with periodic tips, freebies, and information about sales; […]

  • Ten more tips for teaching ELL science

    Ten MORE Tips for Teaching ELL Science

    Students come into our classroom every day with more and challenges.  We as teachers want to do all we can to help ALL of our students succeed, no matter where they came from and what language they speak at home.  Teaching science to ELL students is a challenge because as ELL students are learning English, […]

  • Five Ways to Use QR Codes in Your Classroom

    5 Ways to Use QR Codes in Your Classroom

    Read on to get some fantastic tips from a terrific teacher, Lacey VanBuskirk, I invited to write this post! We’ve all been there. Stuck in the rut of giving notes, passing out an assignment, grading the assignment, and ending with a test. This is something I clung to in my first few years of teaching. […]

  • How to: Teaching Annotation in Science Class

    Tips for Teaching Annotation in Science Class

    This guest post was written by a friend of mine, Kristin Lee, who writes terrific resources for teachers who want to help their students with scientific literacy!   Scientific Literacy is becoming an increasingly important set of skills for our students and to our society at large. How do I tell fact from fiction? What is […]

  • Biology Doodle Diagram Notes in The Classroom

    The skill that most students lack in middle school and high school, in every class, is how to take notes. So often, they are entirely lost. Many teachers expect them to have a blank notebook page, watch a Powerpoint, and listen to the teacher lecture.  And somehow know what is important enough to write down.  And physically […]

  • Free Periodic Table with updated names!

    It’s about that time of year and a lot of teachers are teaching the periodic table.  This is just a quick blog post to let you know of a free resource you can download to help your students in their chemistry studies. One of the keys of studying the periodic table is to have an […]

  • Ten Tips for Teaching ELL Science

    This guest blog post was written by my friend Becca over at Science Rocks! She is a terrific teacher with a lot of experience working with ELL students in her science classroom and I collaborated with her in writing this post. I think her ideas are full of fantastic tips for teachers who teach English Language […]