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Why do we teach what we teach in the manner we teach it?  Why do we teach this way?

       Many times the answers to why we teach in the manner we teach is because of state or federal guidelines, curriculum, administrator expectations, district expectations, school cult...

Some teachers are told how to set-up a grade book and others are not.  For example, your district may tell you that 40% of the assignments should be test grades and 60% should be daily grades.  If your district sets forth these guidelines, then this post is not for you...

NEWS FLASH!!!  Teachers can NOT grade students’ knowledge!

YES!  You heard that correctly!

I have heard administrators comment about how when a student doesn’t turn-in an assignment we as teachers should not give that student a 0% as a grade.  This is the idea that we as...

Stressed and running out of time to teach it all?

I recommend moving a few select topics to the end of the school year for three very strategic reasons! 

#1 – Move topics that include hard math concepts to the end of the year. 

All your students should be in a math class!...

Don’t have enough time to teach it all?  Then don’t.  That’s right.  I said don’t!

I firmly believe whatever you teach, you should take the time to teach well.  If all you have time to do is introduce students to a topic but you do not have time to fully expla...

     There is a time and place for both individual projects and group projects.  The decision here often lies with the type of project/content, the learning level of students, and the learning preferences of students.  I have had projects where I allow students to choo...

     Typically, when students complete a project, they spend time researching information, creating a presentation, and then presenting.  Students usually become comfortable and knowledgeable with their topic through the time spent researching, creating, and presenting...

      Got to say there have been times I wished multiple choice questions did not exist, but alas they are a part of educational life.  As such, I believe no chemistry class or really any class is complete without some intentional multiple choice teaching and practice...

October 26, 2017

Write you own classroom test!  Trust me...I think it is something every teacher should try!  There are six tips I live by when writing my own chemistry tests.  The first three points were detailed in the blog post "Tips on Writing Your Own Tests - Part I".  Check out t...

I love to write my own tests!  Why?  I can make sure it matches what my students should be learning!  At first, it might appear to be a daunting task, but as time has gone on,

I have gotten to the point where I can easily pull together several versions of a ba...

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