Review Questions with Spreadsheets

I wanted to use a new method of reviewing with students as we wrap up our cell activity unit. I've been working with my students on forming questions with the question formulation strategy around content as well as finding new ways to build content knowledge resources. We're at the point in the year where detailsRead More

Drawing Notes

I used to make fill-in-the-blank notes for my students to complete while watching a video. For a particular subset of students, that works well. Helping lower the barrier for learning by providing a construct for information gathering led to more engagement when it came time to use the information. Then I took on AP Biology.Read More

Play in Class

We're playing with magnets this week in class. (We're actually finishing playing with magnets now.) It's been great and this is by far one of my favorite units to teach because everything is so hands on. We've done lab activities every day. Magnets are accessible. They're approachable by students. They're easy to put your handsRead More

An Experiment in Process

This post outlines a recent lesson and activity I designed for my integrated chemistry/physics students. Fair warning: science ahead. The Problem I teach a class called Integrated Chemistry & Physics. It's meant to serve as an all-around physical science for high school students (they need one life science and one physical to earn a diploma).Read More

From Crappy to Okay

One of my goals this year is to help students struggle productively with ideas before I loop back to teach it. I don't remember who said this first - probably Dan Meyer, Frank Noschese, or Kris Shaffer - but it makes a lot of sense. It builds anticipation and allows students to find and buildRead More