Teaching Tool: Digital Lesson Planner in Google Sheets

Over the past few years I’ve pretty much converted all of my teaching materials into Google Docs/Sheets/Slides. I also tend to prefer digital record keeping rather than paper – for example, I  no longer use a traditional planner for writing out my lesson plans book. Instead, I created a plan book in Google Sheets, which […]

Kahoot! Review Quizzes: High School Physical Science

Below is a list of Kahoot! review games I have either created or duplicated + edited for a Physical Science class at Coe Brown Northwood Academy in Northwood, NH. I tend to use these as review activities the day before a quiz or test, and the students love them. I also give prizes (candy, bonus […]

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 […]

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 […]

I have gained new respect for the power of lightning…

YouTube user Anja Englert recently uploaded a video of a lightning bolt destroying a telephone pole in Chicago – check it out, it’s quite striking 🙂 Need to save this one for Physical Science class.

What the Cat-Cucumber Video Taught Me About How We Teach Biology in Schools

I had an eye opening experience in biology class the other day. The students were given a current event assignment in which they had to use their Chromebooks to find an article of interest, read it, and then answer a series of questions about the article. The only requirements were that the article had to […]