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Month: April 2017

What’s New(s): 4/24 – 4/30

What’s New(s): 4/24 – 4/30

Though my husband and I are very different in terms of our educational interests (science teacher vs. special ed/history teacher), we enjoy sharing stories and talking about our passions with each other. While I was on an endless rant about all the cool scientific discoveries and stories of the past week, he thought it would be a fun addition to the blog to do a weekly scientific roundup (what a guy). So without further ado, here’s what’s new in science! Mastodon bones tell a new…

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March for Science

March for Science

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” -Neil Degrasse Tyson   After centuries of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs driving the decisions of our society, thousands upon thousands of people in the US alone took to the streets in peaceful protest in response to our administration’s recent demolition of evidence-based policy making. If you had told me when I graduated college 6 years ago that the scientific community and its supporters would…

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Improving School Improvement

Improving School Improvement

The announcement of a school improvement day is usually met with a resounding and unified sigh as teachers prepare to spend an entire day talking about things that may or may not happen, depending on the time of the month and the weather in Antarctica, as well the rotation of the Earth compared to Saturn’s rings…. OK maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but more often than not, school improvement days need some improving themselves. This year, our district…

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Project Neuron

Project Neuron

My Accelerated Biology students will be starting their Evolution unit soon. I’ve been trying to find a way to use NGSS and let the kids get really hands-on with this unit. I have some great stuff from the past few years, but I wanted something fresh. However, evolution has proved to be a somewhat challenging unit for this. We can’t really go dig up some fossils, we can’t really watch evolution in progress, so we have to get creative. At…

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Creating Department Schedules

Creating Department Schedules

Ahhhhh, spring is in the air. The sun is peeking through the clouds and temps are reaching a toasty 55 degrees (this is Northern Illinois – 50 degrees is basically summer). Students are starting to get squirrely and I can’t even blame them. I find myself wanting to go outside and not cross things off my lengthy to-do list. But alas – this is life. Things must get done. Snap back to reality…(Oh there goes gravity….anyone? ANYONE?!). As the school year winds down,…

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