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Spooky Science~ Interactive and Engaging Activities for Halloween

Looking for a cute idea for high school science students at Halloween? How about turning your lab into a morgue? ūüôā Last year at Halloween, the science teachers (and me, of course ūüôā ) decided to make it “Spooky Science” … Continue reading

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To Truly Reach Your Students, Sometimes You Have To Walk a Mile In Their Shoes

Recently, a friend sent me the link to a blog post from Grant Wiggins entitled “A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days ‚Äď a sobering lesson¬†learned”¬†and asked me what I thought… Well, as an instructional coach, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Genetics~ A Fun Science Halloween Activity

      Quick share since many folks are looking for a fun activity for this month.¬† This is a Halloween-themed genetics activity where students create a pumpkin¬†based on the “traits” their pumpkin¬†receives. ¬†I adapted this¬†activity from one I did … Continue reading

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PLT Session 2… The Road to a One Page Target

Our 2nd PLT meeting was held a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to update until now ūüė¶ ¬†Since my Principal and I led the last session, this time the Assistant Principal and … Continue reading

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Whoooooo Says Formative Assessment Has To Be Boring?

I’m so excited about my new creation! ūüôā I wanted something a little different to use for formative assessment. ¬†As an instructional coach, I often use the traditional “parking lot” as a place to gather feedback or questions during professional … Continue reading

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Whooooo Are My Parents? Fun with Owl Genetics

This activity builds upon student’s foundational knowledge of genetics and inheritance in order to create an owl “offspring”. ¬†The activity can be adapted in several ways to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. ¬†Depending upon student ability/ … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Turkey Genetics Activity!

Quick share since many folks are looking for a fun activity for this short week.¬† This is a Thanksgiving-themed genetics activity where students create a turkey based on the “traits” their turkey receives.¬† My biology teacher friend usually does “Pumpkin … Continue reading

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The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, & Slide Shows!!

Virtual field trips, videos, and slide shows of Plimouth Plantation. ¬†Great resource from Scholastic! ¬†http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm Take your students back in time and tour historic Plimouth Plantation. ¬†The site also contains Teacher’s Guides, Thanksgiving Printables, and Thanksgiving Vocabulary Guide. ¬†What a … Continue reading

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Science Writing Prompt: Volcanic Eruption Produces New Island Off Coast of Japan

Original source of images and story :¬†http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2511115/Volcanic-eruption-Pacific-Ocean-creates-new-island-coast-Japan.html This week, a new island was formed off the coast of Japan through the eruption of a volcano. ¬†This is the first time this has occurred in 30 years. Watch video of the … Continue reading

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Article Reflection: Best practice for spreading innovation: Let the practitioners do it

To read the article in full visit: ¬†http://www.kappanmagazine.org/content/95/3/39.full As I read this article, I couldn’t help but reflect upon the radical changes that are occurring at my own school over the course of ¬†this school year. Granted, I do have … Continue reading

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