9th grade biology teacher
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 7:18 PM in Classroom Management
What grade are you working with?
As a high school teacher, I can't stand rewards. When our kids arrive in 9th grade are constantly asking "What will I get if..." questions. What will I get if I make an A? What will I get if I answer the question you just asked? What will I get if I turn in my homework? It is frustrating as there are some behaviors/tasks they should comply with whether there is...
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016 6:44 PM in First Day of School Science Activities
The past two years, I have done an inquiry activity on the first day since they really struggle from transitioning from the cookbook labs of middle school to the inquiry labs of high school. Last year, I did the inquiry cubes and this year I did the black box activity. Both were activities where the kids were somewhat controlled (not all over the classroom) but were able to work in groups. These a...
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Teaching Science With Interactive Notebooks
Fri, Mar 04, 2016 6:54 PM Great Aid When Starting with INB
I purchased this book last year before starting with interactive notebooks (INBs) for the first time. This book helped me understand how to structure the INB as well as important activities that students should be completing each unit. It has made the set-up very easy and provided lots of great resources and ideas to get me started this year!
Science Formative Assessment, Volume 1: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning - 2nd Edition
Fri, Mar 04, 2016 6:52 PM A favorite resource!
This is one of my favorite resources! I have learned such a wide variety of formative assessments from this book all of which can be done easily without many supplies. I now use these strategies on a daily basis and I am not repeating the same ones all the time!
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes
Fri, Mar 04, 2016 6:44 PM Another Great Book from Keeley!
This book is full of more formative assessment probes for life science! I love using these to uncover my students' background knowledge and misconceptions at the beginning of each unit. They are easy to use and do not need to be modified like many other resources.
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