Differentiate Your Lessons with These Easy Strategies

A Day in the Life of A Science Teacher

Wanna walk a day in our shoes? Here's what a day in the life of a Nerdy science teacher (aka Mel and Gerdy) looks like: 7:00 am: Arrive at school. Gather materials to be copied if needed. We loved raiding the copy machine for as long as we could each morning in order...

Life Science Scope and Sequence

There have been SO many requests for us to detail out our year-long agenda - what order we teach lessons, how long a unit takes to teach, how much content is delivered, etc. These are all great questions, and we are so happy to be able to share with you...

15 Ways to Use Task Cards in Class

Task Cards... woohoo! They are the new go-to teaching tool for teachers and what most don't know is that they make superb secondary study tools, too! They are versatile, easy print-and-go resources, and they can serve so many uses in your classroom.  Here are fifteen...

3 Tips for Differentiating Lessons in Science

Differentiation... every instructional coach, administrator and professional development seminar's favorite buzz word.  It can be overwhelming, but it does't necessarily mean that you need to call the school nurse for the defibrillator. Do these questions seem like...

10 Tips for Teaching Cells

Knock knock... Who's there? Egg cell... Egg cell who? Egg-Cell-ent ideas for teaching cells!  If you're looking for some ideas to "cell" kids on your cells unit, these tips might be just  what "eu" need... :-)Graphic Organizers and Analogies: As students learn the...

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

Over the 12+ years that we have been teaching, we spent a lot of time searching for engaging websites to use in our lessons. We love to incorporate games, online labs, videos, and any other site that is both educational AND fun for our students (and us too!). Not to...

A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

It doesn’t matter if you are new to notebooking or a veteran – INBs are for every teacher and every classroom, and set-up and consistent implementation is key. Interactive notebooks, also known as INBs or ISNs, keep students organized for the year, prevent work from...

How to Effectively Use Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks, INBs, ISNs…  whatever you call them, they are proving to be THE MOST popular and talked about way to engage students in the classroom.  We used our interactive notebooks from day one and we found that our students loved them because it was their...

Teacher Tools: Word Wall Construction

Word walls are SO important in today's diverse schools.  They make academic vocabulary visible to your students, exposing them daily to the words they need to succeed in class.  Word walls are a necessary component to any classroom, but they can be tedious and...

Ten Things You Should Do for a Great Back to School

Welcome back to school! Whether you’re new to the classroom or a seasoned vet, the first week is ALWAYS nerve-wracking, conjuring up nightmares of dissections gone awry and showing up to work in only your lab coat... yikes! We know all too well how hard those first...

The Importance of Interactive Notebooks in Secondary Grades

In the summer of 2009, we had the most fortunate luck to land a professional development workshop that literally changed our lives. That summer, we spent two weeks on Skidaway and Sapelo Islands, studying the coastal Georgia ecosystems alongside ecologists and UGA...

Teacher Tools: Making Word Walls Accessible to All Students

We’re so glad that vocabulary instruction has moved well beyond #writethedefinition. We’ve all read brain-based research. We’ve studied Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. We’ve seen it first-hand in the classroom - kids all learn in different ways. The vocabulary...

Lesson Plan: Create and Use STEAM Science Stations

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to science lab stations, let us fill you in on why they should be a staple lesson for your curriculum - and why making them CROSS-CURRICULAR by using STEAM science lab stations will help your kids to transcend the basic...

Lesson Plan: Top Ten Test Taking Strategies

When it comes to test taking, middle and high school students have a lot on the line. They worry about how their scores compare to their peers, how it affects the classes they get into in years to come, its influence on their acceptance into college, what their...

Teacher Tools: Fortune Tellers and Cootie Catchers as Study Tools

Some might call them cootie catchers, to others they are fortune tellers, but to US, they are an amazing way to review classroom material!  These are hands-on study tools that get secondary students active and engaged in their learning plus they're really fun to use...

Inspire Students. Love Teaching Again.

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