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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Include applied math and data analysis in the units as much as possible.
- 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.