Teaching a Unit on the Human Body Systems

Engage and excite students in learning about the different body systems

     As you know, I love everything science. A few years ago, I had an opportunity to teach sixth-grade science which made me really excited. I was used to teaching seventh-grade science, which in my district is physical science and includes a lot of abstract topics. Sixth-grade science is life science, a big chunk of that being the human body. I was super excited but needed to decide the best framework to introduce each body system to my students.


How to Create Meaningful Anchor Charts to Decorate Your Classroom with a Purpose

How to use anchor charts to decorate a secondary classroom

Is your middle school classroom suffering from an identity crisis? Are you a first-year secondary teacher and unsure if you should even decorate your classroom? Hopefully, I can help answer those questions. 

Amplifying Student Voice with Padlet, Podcasts, and Flipgrid

Giving student voice a choice using padlet, flipgrid and podcasts

Have you ever wondered why your student participation was limited to only a few students? Are you looking for ways to get those quiet students to tell you what they know? Do you hate waiting until an assessment to realize that a majority of your class was clueless about the concept you were working on? Giving your students different methods to respond to your teaching can help to solve all these problems. Below are three ways to get increase communication in your classroom.

Engaging Students in Learning about Force and Newton's Laws of Motion



As some of you know, when I first started teaching, I got thrown into several subjects and topics that I didn’t really have any background knowledge of. One of them being Newton and his lovely laws of motion. However, throughout eleven years of teaching, thankfully with tireless research and through questioning of other scientists, I now have units that I used to loathe which are now my very favorites to teach. In case you find yourself in a similar boat, here are some ways to ignite a love for these units that can seem intimidating.


One-pagers, Not Just for ELA Anymore

New ways to engage your science students

You may have heard of a one-pager but aren’t really sure of what it is. A one-pager is a project that is typically given out in an English language arts class. Students have one page to respond to different criteria to show their knowledge of the book. A one-pager should include both visual and written information.


Engaging Your Students in Learning about Forms of Energy

Teaching your students about forms of energy

When I first started teaching, I would often get overwhelmed at the idea of teaching an entire unit. Where do you start? It can be a huge task that honestly does take time (years) to master. Even at the point that I am at in my career, I continue to tweak my lessons and how I approach my units and I think this is a good thing. Always reflecting, updating and making those tweaks is what keeps you current in the classroom and have a pulse on the needs of your students. Below, I outline how I teach a unit on energy. Whether you are brand new to teaching it or just looking for some new ideas, I hope that this information helps you. Let me know in the comments below!


5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Older Students

Five ways to celebrate earth day with older students

Our planet is something that we often take for granted. Many of us are reminded to take care of it when the weather becomes warmer and Mother Nature allows us to come outside and enjoy everything our Earth has to offer. April 22 is when we celebrate our delicate planet. Here are some ideas for you to use to celebrate this holiday. Remember that even though Earth Day is April 22, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start any of these ideas right now. 

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