Middle and Elementary  School Science Teaching Strategies

Teaching middle school science can be one of the most rewarding jobs in education when the right strategies and processes are implemented in your classroom.

Below are some of my best ideas to completely transform your classroom into one where every student is engaged and takes ownership of their learning.  

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I started my career in corporate America as a systems analyst for a computer company.  There was a high value placed on efficiency in the work environment.  When I moved over to education I found lots of opportunities to make my classroom run as smoothly as possible.  It almost became a game to me.  This …Read More

Creating an engaging escape room experience for your middle school science students doesn’t have to be difficult. Set your escape rooms apart from the others by weaving a narrative throughout the activity.  Students will become invested in the story and the artifacts and puzzles will be more meaningful to them. I have put together a list of …Read More

I used to play classroom Jeopardy as a science review game before I realized I was doing it all wrong. I want to share with you three truths about why my science review games needed a complete overhaul. More importantly, I’ll give you some suggestions on how to improve your students’ participation and ultimately improve …Read More

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Back to school always felt like a fresh start for me.  One of my favorite parts about teaching was that each year I got a chance to correct the wrongs from the previous year.  I used the first few weeks of school to build relationships with students and to put them into situations that helped …Read More

What Comes First?  Notes or Labs?The number one question from science teachers that I’ve gotten over the past couple of years is, “What comes first, the notes and INB templates, or the labs?”  I wish there was a definitive answer, but I really do think it can work either way. I always tried to use the 5E …Read More

Are Science Stations Effective Middle School Science Activities? Science stations are a staple in my classroom and have made the biggest impact on student mastery.  I’m a firm believer in student-led learning in any subject, but in science, it is so important that hands-on exploration is part of the learning process.  There’s no reason your …Read More

I’ve been working with science interactive notebooks for several years in the classroom and the question that I see come up over and over is, “How do you use them effectively in your class?” Let’s talk about it.What are Interactive Notebooks?When I first showed Science Interactive Notebook Templates to another teacher on campus, the response …Read More

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