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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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Why I Started This Blog

Why I Started This Blog

Starting this blog has been on the back burner for a long time now – between planning a wedding, getting married, buying and fixing up a house, teaching all new classes, being on the school improvement team, planning a science trip to the Galapagos Islands (more on that later), attending meetings and completing interviews for the Democracy School Initiative, attempting to see my friends and family once in a blue moon, all while trying to keep my sanity on very…

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