Teaching the Scientific Method and Experimental Design: Notes, Activities, Worksheets, Labs

I have mixed feelings about teaching the scientific method as it is traditionally presented. Though I see value in using it as a model for how science is done, too often it is presented as a rigid set of steps that must be followed in order. The reality is that, in practice, scientists rarely follow […]

Classroom Activity: Experimental Design in Google Slides

When teaching the scientific method and experimental design to high school students, one of my favorite activities is one in which they work in groups to create a simple controlled experiment on a single slide. The instructions are simple – they have to create an experiment using images only, and it can address any question […]

High School Biology Memory Game

One of the activities I like to do during the 1st week of class is a Biology Memory Game. I adapted this particular game from my mentor teacher at Merrimack Valley High School (Kristin Anderson), and have found it to be a great way to assess both student personalities and background knowledge in the subject […]

The Sponge Song: An Ode to the Porifera

In an effort to make sponges more interesting for my students (a challenge for sure!), I came across this fine song by Jake Shields. Enjoy!

Jaguar Sneak Attack on a Basking Caiman

Amazing video from the PBS series The Story of Cats – a jaguar swims to sneak up on and attack a caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal. Watch below:

Biology Quizlet Review: Ecology, Levels of Organization, and Biomes

Below are Quizlet review activities for my College Prep Biology class at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The topic for this review is Ecology: Levels of Organization and Biomes. First is a Quizlet flashcard review: Next is a Quizlet vocab quiz. You can also try other review activities by clicking the dropdown menu on the bottom-right of […]

Biology Quizlet Review: Energy in Ecosystems, Food Webs, and Food Chains

Below are Quizlet review activities for my College Prep Biology class at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The topic for this review is Ecology: Energy in Ecosystems, Food Webs, and Food Chains. First is a Quizlet flashcard review: Next is a Quizlet vocab quiz. You can also try other review activities by clicking the dropdown menu on […]

My Kids Participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge and They Didn’t Even Know It

Last summer I attended a Google Apps for Educators workshop at Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire. One of the videos they showed in the keynote address was Caine’s Arcade – if you’re not familiar with it, it’s well worth watching the following video: In a nutshell, Caine used his imagination, and a dash of creativity, […]

The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle

This plant…will kill you. 

Attendance Roster and Grading Spreadsheets in Google Sheets

I’ve wasted far too much time trying to format attendance and grading rosters “just right” in Google Sheets (I’m a bit of a perfectionist!), so I thought I’d share links to blank versions of each in case anyone out there wants to use them as a template. You can click on the links below, which […]