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Teacher Recommendations To Help Students With Math

According to a new survey about math education, a couple of the major stumbling blocks that students face in terms of math success are poor performances in previous math classes and low confidence. This survey of over 400 high school math teachers came from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The results showed that […]

The Value of Teaching Students Code

Teaching kids of all ages to code will help them prepare for their future in a number of ways even if they don’t intend on working in a STEM field. Of course, if they do, learning to code will boost their familiarity with relevant skills as well. Here’s a quick overview of why it’s important […]

Teaching Science Without a Textbook

What do most people think of when “science” pops to mind? Lab coats, microscopes, rulers, fume hoods, and other lab equipment likely enter the front of most everyone’s imaginations when “science” crosses their consciousness. Science is currently a nationwide standard by which students’ and schools’ comprehension and performance are compared to one another. However, science […]

Teaching Tips for First-Time Science Teachers

Teaching science can be a daunting task especially if it is your first time doing so. The task of teaching, in general, can be intimidating, but it is important to remember why you are doing this. You want to broaden the horizons of young minds and expose them to things they were previously unknown to. […]

What Have We Learned_

What Have We Learned?

So…what did you learn? For the past couple months, I have been fortunate to return to the classroom and learn with amazing juniors and seniors about the wonderfully wild world of Biotechnology.  As we wound down the semester, I asked my students to reflect on what they wished we (adults) knew about high school.   Their […]

The Importance of Women in STEM

The Importance of Women in STEM

According to the United States Census Bureau, women in this country make up almost fifty percent of the workforce. However, from that number, only 26% are working in fields related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) compared to the 74% of men in the area. Unfortunately, this gap seems to be broadening as well. […]

A Teacher's Reflection Part 2

A Teacher’s Reflection, Part 2

In my previous blog, I began sharing my reflections as veteran teacher/administrator/educator. Here is a continuation of my observations.   “They” are not the enemy. When I was a teacher-trainer we used a poem that begins with a college professor blaming the high school teacher, who blames the middle school teacher, who blames the elementary, […]

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A Teacher’s Reflection, Part 1

  So, I find myself back in front of a science classroom, with 150 sleepy high school students and a killer lab set up courtesy of school funding circa 1950.  They really knew how to set a teacher up back then…but I am getting ahead of myself.   Full disclosure, I haven’t been a full-blown teacher since […]

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The Benefits of Learning Science in Early Childhood

For most if not all young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. Science teaches you how to discover and wonder about everything around you, and that is something they do naturally. So science is the ideal subject to complement a child’s natural curiosity. This is why is so important to have […]

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