One of the first things I wanted to do as a new science teacher was acquire a class pet. None of my teachers in school ever had one, and I always thought it was the best idea ever. I think in some way, I secretly hoped it would give me a "cool" factor to help… Continue reading Class Pets in Science: Pros and Cons
Guest Post by Jessica Noffsinger Ahhhhh...the week before a school break. Nothing strikes fear (or exhaustion) in teachers like the prospect of kids ramping up to the next break. (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring Break, Summer--they are all the same!) Kids expect “fun” and games while teachers see learning that needs to be completed. What are we… Continue reading Make It to Break: 5 High Interest Activities
A mentor once told me, "Science vocabulary is like a foreign language to students." And it's the truth! Students struggle with scientific terminology because they don't use the words in everyday conversation. That's why vocabulary is the foundation of my science lessons, and it should be for yours too. It's impossible to expect students to… Continue reading Science Vocabulary: Why Is It So Important?
I am so lucky to teach at a school that provides a full hour of science instruction for our students every day, but I know that in many self contained classrooms science takes a back seat to math and reading. I think this is incredibly unfortunate because science is a part of literally EVERYTHING we… Continue reading 10 Simple Ways To Be A Better Science Teacher
The school year started with the birth of my second child looming heavily. I worked furiously to make sure the lesson plans were ready, with step by step instructions for every hour of every day (seriously)...Then I left, and left it up to God. My son was born early September, and I will finally be… Continue reading Maternity Leave is Almost Over!
In Texas, 5th grade is the first year the STAAR test is administered to students, so it’s kind of a big deal. Because of this, I found that there were a ton of helpful resources out there for fifth grade, but not so much for sixth. In fact, I ended up writing about half of… Continue reading Resource Guide for New Texas Science Teachers.
Welcome to the wonderful world of science! I teach elementary school in Texas...Fifth and sixth grade to be specific. I love my job and couldn't imagine teaching any other subject, but it wasn't always so easy. In fact, when I first started it was brutal. Even science at the elementary level can be intimidating, and… Continue reading First Year in Science? Tips for New Teachers.