Why Project Based Learning Is Great for Science Classes

As educators seek options for effective teaching methods, the idea of incorporating project based learning ideas into middle and high school science classrooms is a powerful approach. Project based learning, or PBL, provides students with hands-on experiences, fostering deeper understanding, and ultimately engagement.  There are so many benefits to integrating…

Continue ReadingWhy Project Based Learning Is Great for Science Classes

100 Quick Hands-On Learning Opportunities in Science

Let's remember that the best learning experiences are often the most memorable. They transcend the boundaries of textbooks, allowing students to explore, question, and discover for themselves. These activities aren't just about imparting knowledge; they're about cultivating a spirit of inquiry that will last a lifetime. As educators, we understand…

Continue Reading100 Quick Hands-On Learning Opportunities in Science

How To Make Inquiry-Based Learning Part of Your Science Lessons

You have probably heard the term inquiry-based learning at some point in your teaching journey. There has been a significant focus and push on this approach in the last several years. I know there has been a myriad of PD in our local school district about this approach.  But maybe…

Continue ReadingHow To Make Inquiry-Based Learning Part of Your Science Lessons

Unveiling Earth’s Interior: 6 Tips to Make Science Education Exciting

Exploring the wonders of our planet, especially its enigmatic interior, is a pivotal part of Earth Science education in middle and high school. The Earth's interior is a fascinating realm filled with layers, mysteries, and scientific marvels waiting to be uncovered in your classroom. Teaching about the Earth's interior might…

Continue ReadingUnveiling Earth’s Interior: 6 Tips to Make Science Education Exciting

Lab Safety: Empowering the Next Generation of Fearless Scientists

Science education plays a vital role in fostering students' curiosity and understanding of the world around them. However, conducting experiments and hands-on activities in science labs also comes with inherent risks. To ensure the well-being of students and instill good scientific practices, teaching lab safety in middle and high school…

Continue ReadingLab Safety: Empowering the Next Generation of Fearless Scientists

Creating Change Through The Fundamentals of Environmental Science

We know that teachers can have a profound effect on students. This includes ways to support and inspire students as they decide on their future goals and set about achieving them. The coursework students complete in any number of classes can be this starting point.  This is why I love…

Continue ReadingCreating Change Through The Fundamentals of Environmental Science

Everything You Need To Teach Symbiotic Relationships

Teaching about symbiotic relationships offers students a captivating journey into the hidden workings of nature, unveiling the countless examples of cooperation, dependence, and coexistence that exist around us. By exploring these partnerships, students can gain insights into the complex web of life, the role of each species within their ecosystems,…

Continue ReadingEverything You Need To Teach Symbiotic Relationships

How To Help Students Understand The Reasons For Seasons

The changing seasons have fascinated humans for centuries, captivating our senses and shaping our daily lives. From the warmth of summer to the chill of winter, understanding the reasons for seasons is a fundamental aspect of comprehending Earth's dynamic systems. By exploring the intricate relationship between the Earth and the…

Continue ReadingHow To Help Students Understand The Reasons For Seasons

Easy Ways to Teach the Characteristics of the Atmosphere

We have something incredible in common...We breathe the same air! What exactly is this air we breathe composed of? What does it mean to breathe "fresh" air? Does the air change in composition throughout different parts of the world? What about at different altitudes? What are the characteristics of the…

Continue ReadingEasy Ways to Teach the Characteristics of the Atmosphere

How to Establish Lab Safety Procedures in Your Middle or High School Classroom

Establishing lab safety procedures is essential to create a safe learning environment for middle and high school students. Whether you are testing the water quality in a local pond in your Environmental Science class, or using calorimeters to exemplify the concept of specific heat in your Earth and Space Science…

Continue ReadingHow to Establish Lab Safety Procedures in Your Middle or High School Classroom

Mastering the Art of Following Directions: A Crucial Skill for Academic Success

How many times during a school year do you remind your students to follow directions? Following directions is a skill we would love all of our students to master. Although I may hold a certain bias, I firmly believe that it carries heightened significance within a science classroom, particularly in…

Continue ReadingMastering the Art of Following Directions: A Crucial Skill for Academic Success