7 Innovative Classroom Activities To Keep Secondary Students In Science

Embarking on virtual field trips with my students were game-changer, especially when we explored the majestic Mount St. Helens. As we navigated through the immersive landscapes of this volcanic wonder, witnessing the raw power of nature from the comfort of our classroom screens, the enthusiasm among my students was palpable.…

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15 Tips to Help Teachers Make Science Homework a Breeze

As secondary teachers, finding the delicate equilibrium between imparting essential knowledge and overwhelming students with excessive homework can be challenging. The debate over the efficacy of homework continues, but one thing is clear – the key lies in striking the perfect balance. Homework isn't just about completing tasks; it's about…

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Teaching Sustainability: Recycle Your Christmas Tree For A Greener Future

Do you recycle your Christmas tree? If your answer is "no," fear not – you're in the right place! The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and giving. As educators, we have a unique opportunity to instill the values of sustainability and environmental consciousness in our students. One…

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11 Ways To De-escalate Angry Parents During Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are crucial for fostering a productive partnership between educators and parents. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss a student's progress, address concerns, and build a strong support system for the child's education. However, not all parent-teacher conferences are smooth sailing. Occasionally, teachers encounter angry or upset parents…

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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…

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Teaching the Greenhouse Effect to Middle and High School Students

As science teachers, one of our most important tasks is to convey complex scientific concepts in an engaging and accessible manner. Among these, the greenhouse effect stands as a cornerstone of climate science and environmental studies. Explaining it effectively to middle and high school students can be both challenging and…

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Essential Tips for Effectively Teaching and Learning About Density

What is Density? Teaching middle and high school students about density is paramount because it lays the groundwork for a deeper understanding of the physical world and fosters critical thinking. Density is all about how closely packed the particles in a substance are. It's the ratio of mass to volume,…

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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…

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6 Innovative Ideas for Taking Attendance: Making It Fun and Engaging!

Attendance tracking in a classroom can often be a mundane task, but it doesn't have to be. With a little creativity, you can turn this routine process into an engaging and interactive activity that your students will actually look forward to. Let's explore six innovative ideas that not only simplify…

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10 Tried and True Classroom Management Strategies for Secondary Teachers

As teachers in middle school and high school we know that having a strong knowledge of our subject matter is only one key to success. Another key to success, and perhaps one that might dominate all others, is having effective classroom management strategies. No matter how much we know our…

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7 Classroom Decor Ideas for Your High School Classroom

When you step into your classroom, do you and your students feel a sense of confidence and comfort? As high school teachers, we often hesitate to explore classroom decor ideas because many options available seem more suited for elementary settings. However, it is entirely possible to create a positive, engaging,…

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Using Reflection to Build Strong Teacher-Student Relationships

Throughout the school year, we as teachers focus on building relationships between teachers and students. These teacher-student relationships create an in-class dynamic that supports the social and academic development of students, and often makes the work in the classroom, especially for classroom management, easier.  But as we close out a…

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A Better Way To Support Student Organization Skills In Any Class

While our primary focus in the classroom often revolves around content and meeting curriculum requirements, it is crucial not to overlook the realm of learning skills that lie just beyond. Among these vital skills are student organization and time management, which may not always be the most captivating aspects of…

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10 Quick and Simple Tips For Writing An Effective Lesson Plan

For over a decade, my relationship with lesson plans has been quite a journey, resembling a rollercoaster ride. I was first introduced to the concept of lesson plans during my college education courses. My professors emphasized their significance, highlighting how they provide teachers with a structured framework and a sense…

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