Better Science Teaching Blog

I started the Better Science Teaching blog as a way to share ideas about teaching secondary science as a companion to my Generation Science TpT store. I am a 100% believer in creating and teaching a content-rich curriculum. Offering my students a strong foundation in physical, chemical and biological sciences on which higher-level classes can build upon is my primary focus.

NEW! Biotechnology Virtual Learning

In the fall of 2020 I began coursework in earning a biotechnology certificate from Montgomery College – a top-of-the-line program for which I am very thankful!

Unfortunately the program is 100% virtual right now, which is a tough way to learn laboratory science. My biotech posts are to share how I am supplementing my courses with a variety of online resources to prepare myself for working in a real lab, rather than a virtual one!

I don’t apologize for believing content matters and that imparting knowledge is my primary job. Within this framework, I do the following:

  1. Create units around foundational scientific concepts and vocabulary within a particular area of study (such as a unit on forces and the laws of motion).

  2. Develop or find hands-on activities and investigations that reinforce those concepts and vocabulary. I want my students to enjoy these activities, but the purpose isn’t “fun”; rather, its engagement with the concepts we are learning.

  3. Include applied math and data analysis in the units as much as possible.

  4. Teach scientific writing skills.

Teaching requires the practitioner to also be a student in order to become better. Other serious science teachers and education researchers are my best teachers. I hope to share what I learn from them with you.

Many of my lessons, webquests and lab activities can be found at my TeachersPayTeachers store, Generation Science.