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A Forensic Fairytale- Day 1- Crime Scene

She really just wanted to share the little cottage in the forest with her special little guy, her woodland creatures, and live happily ever after there… NOT at the castle with a stuffy, vain Prince! It was after one heart-wrenching … Continue reading

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The Blue People of Kentucky~ Such an Awesome Project-Based Learning Project!

Ok, I admit it….. I have always wanted to try a Project-Based Learning Project (PBL) but I have been a little intimidated by it.  I teach high school general Biology students, not honors, so how can I differentiate a huge … Continue reading

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A Sample Unit Plan Using Sketch Notes-Cellular Molecular Biology (Cell Size, Chromosomes, Cell Cycle, Meiosis)

Cellular Molecular Biology Unit- What does a unit plan look like in my classroom incorporating Sketch Notes? I have just completed a large Cellular Molecular Biology Unit with my students. (They test within the next couple of days since we … Continue reading

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What Does the Research Say About Using Sketch Notes in the Classroom?

(c)copyright 2018 DrM What Does the Research Say About Using Sketch Notes in the Classroom? Good question!  Since I’ve been using sketch notes with my students this year, I’ve been asked this question many times.  My dissertation work was rooted … Continue reading

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Sketch Notes in Forensics- Blood and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

I decided to branch out and see if my Forensics classes would enjoy using sketch notes as much as my Biology classes have. The verdict? A definite YES! At first, my juniors and seniors in Forensics really didn’t know what … Continue reading

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Using Sketch Notes With The Cell Size Lab (Potato & Iodine Version)

How Can I Do The Cell Size Lab If I Don’t Have Agar? I love the Cell Size Lab that uses agar and an indicator. It just an awesome lab to help my students see how things diffuse into the … Continue reading

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Socratic Seminar for PLT #3 – The Road to a One Page Instructional Improvement Target Continues..

As many of you know, my high school is in the process of developing a One Page Instructional Improvement Target this year that defines who we are, what we want for our students, and how we plan to focus our … Continue reading

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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? 🙂 Last year at Halloween, the science teachers (and me, of course 🙂 ) 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 – a sobering lesson learned” and asked me what I thought… Well, as an instructional coach, … Continue reading

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Before You Can Meet Them Where They Are, You Need To Know Where They Come From

What happens when, over the course of a week,  you load 150 teachers onto school buses and take them on a tour of their students’ community? Show them where their students rest their heads every night…… and where they rise every … Continue reading

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