Curriculum Development and Differentiated Instruction Tool FREE for Teachers

Howdy y’all! (had to give a throwback to my Texas roots!) I’ve been at OTES training for the last week, and I’ve been thinking about differentiated instruction, lesson planning, and curriculum mapping (Oh my!). One of the ways the OTES rubric rates teachers “Accomplished” or “Skilled” on Assessment Data, Focus for Learning, and Differentiation is […]

Best Practices: The “Placemat Consensus” Technique Improved, Using Technology

One of the best practices a teacher can use in the classroom is grouping students into small (3 – 5 student) groups, who then work together to complete a task. Each student spends a few minutes brainstorming, and writing their own statements about a topic, in their own space. Then, a group leader writes the […]

Kick Seining as a Technique For Studying Aquatic Animals

Kick Seining is the technique we use to study the animals that live at the bottom of the stream. These might be invertebrates, small fish, amphibians, etc. Here is a video of kick seining: And here is my son, checking out the animals:   Walking to the stream, with a net!   Standing in front […]

Biology Lab – Water Quality and Observation of Macroinvertebrates

This is my original biology lecture about the crayfish. It’s pretty advanced for non-majors biology students, so I am going to combine it with my other lecture, and make it suitable for this group of students  Quantifying the hemolymph glucose concentration response in crayfish Lab 10 – Water Quality and Macroinvertebrate Diversity Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Insects, […]

Why Hoarding Lesson Plans Hurts Almost Every Student

As I’ve been working on my website, I’ve gone through many of my old Biology teaching resources that weren’t published anywhere, or that I had long forgotten. Taking a stroll down memory lane is both horrifying, and hilarious. Just like going through photo albums from your youth reminds you of bad hairstyles, going through old […]