Course Design – The value of online lab course materials (college version)

As a graduate student, I was assigned the TA job for an introductory course in geology. I really like physical geology - its the course where you get to look at all sorts of rocks and minerals, learn about specific gravity (a favorite of mine) and other physical characteristics, and maybe some introductory geology. Sounds … Continue reading Course Design – The value of online lab course materials (college version)

My first quarter with the “Interactive Notebook”

This year, I have been doing everything with modified "interactive" science notebooks for my biology and physics classes. Everything. I even keep one myself that helps me plan, sketch things out, and use as an example.  Its also handy when students complain about tedious tasks, like numbering all the pages. "You can do it!  I've … Continue reading My first quarter with the “Interactive Notebook”

Evolution of the Scientific Method in the Classroom

I asked a simple question on my Facebook page: "Are there any science education topics you would like to see more blog posts about?"  A IRL (in real life) friend of mine responded, "The scientific method... Is it used? What are contemporary thoughts on this? Relevancy to teaching?" We probably all know the scientific method … Continue reading Evolution of the Scientific Method in the Classroom

Quick Start Guide for Science Notebooks

Want to do interactive science notebooks?  Not sure where to start?  No problem! Really.  really. When you want to use scientific notebooks with your students, for notetaking, assessment, recordkeeping, whatever... all your problems have been solved by someone else.  That's right, as we teachers know, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Teaching Science with Interactive … Continue reading Quick Start Guide for Science Notebooks