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Physics and Biology
When teaching physics, though it is certainly an applicable and relatable subject, it is not as relatable as biology can be. I would like to incorporate more examples of how phsiycs ties in with biology to make the lessons more relatable and interesting for my high school students. Does anyone know of any biological examples that tie in with physics concepts that can be shared with me? I have used synovial joints and arthritus as an example for friciton and the coefficient of friction. The stud
3 Replies   |   Last on 11/13/2018 at 9:06 AM ET
Valuable Resources
I am new to LifeSciTRC and would like to know if anyone has used it before?  If so, how have you implemented it into your instruction and what resource have you used that would be valuable to middle school science?  
1 Reply   |   Last on 11/21/2018 at 6:28 AM ET
NGSS Assessment resources
My state is transitioning to NGSS-based standards next year, but they've given us no insight into the new standardized assessment. Does anyone know of any resources that provide NGSS-style assessments?
1 Reply   |   Last on 10/31/2018 at 7:20 AM ET
science notebooks
What is your favorite way to do notebooks in class?  - scripted: you tell them what to write and where it goes (turn in for points) - unscripted: they are using it to show their thought process and learning How do you do notebooks? 
2 Replies   |   Last on 5/1/2018 at 6:53 AM ET
Dissection Guides
I'm working through a comparative anatomy dissection unit right now and would love some vetted dissecton guides - are there any on LifeScTrc?
1 Reply   |   Last on 5/5/2018 at 11:04 PM ET
Teaching human impact on the environment in biology
I have 3-4 weeks to teach about the human impact on the environment in my biology class (we follow the NGSS).  I'm wondering if anyone has any great projects/videos/ideas that would enhance that unit?
3 Replies   |   Last on 10/4/2018 at 8:40 AM ET
7th Grade Classification
Just wondering to what level of detail do 7th grade teachers cover classification. Want to make sure I am being detailed enough.
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Standards Based Grading
Hello. I am looking for resources I could use to educate myself about standards based grading. Any book or article suggestions and LifeSciTRC resources I could look into would be appreciated. Thank you.
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/30/2018 at 7:48 PM ET
LifeSciTRC Question
We are introducing new science standards next school year. Are the resources in LifeSciTRC organized by state standards anywhere? 
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Grant Money
I used to travel with students abroad for field courses (Tanzania, Costa Rica) but find that students nowadays have a hard time coming up with the money for the course. Does anyone know of ways to receive grant or scholarship money to help students pay for their travel?
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Best Resources
What are the best resources you have found for middle school science?
3 Replies   |   Last on 4/27/2018 at 1:46 PM ET
LifeSciTRC: Favorite Partners/Searches for High School Anatomy
I'm new to LifeSci and browsing through all the resources. Do you have any go-to partners or favorite collections/authors you reference frequently? 
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Solar Car Challenge
Any tips on presenting information to third and fourth graders for building solar cars? 
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USing LifeSciTRC in the classroom
Beside using this website for research, are there any other ways to use it in the classroom? 
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/22/2018 at 5:56 PM ET
Classroom Gardening
I want to start a classroom garden with my 5th graders.  Any tips and/or resources that worked for you?
4 Replies   |   Last on 4/25/2018 at 9:22 AM ET
Looking for Interactive-Low cost basic Chemistry Activities
Greetings! Our state is in the middle of a standards transistion. I am in the process of planning a (very basic) chemistry unit for my 7th graders, since they will not recieve this content again until they take Chemistry in High School (chemistry standards are moving from 8th grade to 7th grade next year). I will have 3 weeks for this unit and I am expecting to have many interruptions to my classes over the next couple of weeks. I am looking for fun, informative, and low cost activities tha
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/24/2018 at 8:12 PM ET
youtube
Does anyone use any youtube videos as part of labs?
2 Replies   |   Last on 4/30/2018 at 7:51 PM ET
Pushing Resources to Students
I am new to LifeSciTRC and am curious what your favorite way to share these resources with your students are if you where to use them in a class. Do you print or use an online learning community? Other ideas?
1 Reply   |   Last on 11/8/2018 at 1:14 AM ET
STEM Scopes
Does anyone use STEM Scopes as a resources?
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/22/2018 at 2:56 PM ET
Anatomy - Immune System/Lymphatics
I'm looking to bolster coverage of the immune system in 11-12 Human Anatomy.  Any recommendations for activities, interactives?  We cannot use PHET.  I do use HHMI quite a lot for other content outside of Anatomy.
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Marine Debris
Looking for ideas to test beach sand for micro-plastics?
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Late Work
I am looking for different ways to handle late work.
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/22/2018 at 7:53 PM ET
LifeScTR Question
Anyone know of reasonable (cheap) resources for implementing NGSS standards? I am also always looking for ideas to reuse/repurpose into lab equipment instead of fillig the landfills.
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Why Vancouver citation style is only limited to medicine and science?
I do not belong to Vancouver. Neither my college has anything to do with the Vancouver. Still, we have to follow the Vancouver style of citation because according to our teachers and instructors, this is the best citation styles among all which I do not agree with. How can something be the best in any field if it has a limitation? Everybody knows that Vancouver citation style or the Vancouver citation generator is only applicable on the fields of medicine and science. You cannot implement it in
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THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE EDUCATION
Online Education is a recent trend that allows you to attend a school for those who could not; no matter the age, where you live or your particular interests, there are online colleges that help anyone get the degree. The online university is particularly beneficial for teachers and all professionals who need to return to school to obtain a master's degree or a doctorate. Nowadays, more than 70% of universities offer online education programs; In times of education is the key to getting into th
2 Replies   |   Last on 12/3/2018 at 5:43 AM ET
How an interactive whiteboard helps to create a digital learning environment in the classroom?
Creative and interactive learning environments are not just the revolutionized models to follow in the classrooms toady, but also serve future prospects in the education sector too. Today educators have the potential to turn the classroom environment that facilitates the use of digital learning and engagement. Although there are several ways through which the teachers create a powerful digital learning culture in the classroom, but as for this I am going to talk about one technique that I find
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NGSS
Does anyone have any great NGSS aligned activities?
3 Replies   |   Last on 4/24/2018 at 10:07 PM ET
Favorite Lab
What is your favorite lab to do in a Biology class? What is the best resource you have come across on this site?
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Most effective search strategy for impacting learning?
Like some of my fellows, I saw many potentially useful resources.  Are the ratings the quickest way to search for lessons that might best untangle challenging concepts for my students?
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LifeSciTRC Question
Are any resources for writing NGSS-based assessments available?
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LifeSciTRC Question
Are videos available as resources?
3 Replies   |   Last on 4/22/2017 at 9:17 AM ET
Using POGILS
If you use POGILS in class, has it been successful?  Do you use them as an introduction, in the middle or as a review of a topic?
5 Replies   |   Last on 4/22/2018 at 9:47 PM ET
test corrections / retesting policies?
What are your policies regarding allowing students to do test corrections and/or retest?
10 Replies   |   Last on 4/21/2018 at 1:06 PM ET
LifeSciTRC question
What happens when more than one person posted the same science topic/article ? Who gets the credit and who gets asked to delete their posting?
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Virtual versus hands-on laboratory activities
Virtual  laboratory activities cannot replace the benefits of actually performing an experiment         but they do serve a purpose. Some (i.e. Utah University Virtual Library) are quite helpful in giving students an idea as to the logistics associated with a real, multi-step experiment.  Jason Econome
3 Replies   |   Last on 12/14/2018 at 1:22 AM ET
Lesson using these resources
As I begin to search through all the information found here, I can't help but begin to feel a bit overwhelmed. Would anyone be willing to share a lesson they have created using this site? I would like to see how you incorporating the vast amount of resources found here. 
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Case studies and Forensics class
Has anyone used the case studies in a Forensics class?
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engaging students in class discussions during "slump" periods
I have found that although students start out at the beginning of the semester willing to be enagged in class discussions and activities, this interest often fizzes out in the face of other assignments/tests/projects etc.  During the middle of the semester, I often find students staring daggers at me because they would rather have the time to do some project due the next period.  I have tried to alleviate this boredom by offering small yet interesting hands-on activities which last 10-
7 Replies   |   Last on 4/20/2017 at 10:57 AM ET
Case studies & seventh graders
How have you used the case studies with 7th grade students? 
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/10/2017 at 11:25 PM ET
LifeSciTRC Question--Uploading material
Is it pretty easy to upload material and edit it once you've submitted it?
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Pros and Cons of Digital Resources in the classroom
I see one the greatest pros of using digital resources is having the ability to access the latest discoveries in science.  Printed reference matarials are already dated when they are published for the first time.  I think it's also interesting for students to see the evolution of what we know from earlier works compared to the most recent discoveries!  However, this leads me into the con.  There are few people that can take recent science discoveries and put them in a languag
8 Replies   |   Last on 10/16/2018 at 6:46 AM ET
Pros and Cons in the Digital Age Classroom
A great pro could be the use of computers to perform simulations as an effective way to allow students to carry out certain laboratories without having to purchase and consume many materials for all of the students in the class.  They can also work on the simulations at their own pace.  The use of guidelines and textbook teaching strategies can be an extensive con and can remove the human characteristic out of teaching and learning.  They also remove the chance for curiosity of th
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Pros and cons of digital resources in the classroom
Greetings, All! Digital resources abound that I find to be very useful for providing alternative ways to improve student understanding.  However, we provide laptops for my students and I am not able to always stand by each student and monitor how much they stay on task.  The temptation to play games or visit their social media accounts is very strong and I find that a large number of students lose focus as they are still thinking about these even when working on the correct site. &nbs
5 Replies   |   Last on 4/20/2017 at 6:29 PM ET
Students Using Digital Resources in the Classroom-Arlene Ramos
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? Since this generation is into social media, the use of digital resources as a tool in the classroom has been very succesful and has most of my students engaged in the lesson. As long as the protocol for doing an online task is in place, the expectations are always met. Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a distr
4 Replies   |   Last on 12/3/2018 at 6:56 AM ET
Using Digital Resources in a Classroom
This is the first year that our campus has decided to place a stronger emphasis in the use of technology in the classroom. The result is quite a mixture. Majority of the students were exposed to a richer learning environment, although a handful was “distracted” and overwhelmed by what the online sites could provide. As with traditional instruction, academic dishonesty is still a persistent issue.
3 Replies   |   Last on 12/14/2018 at 1:24 AM ET
Digging Deeper Program from ASPB and BSCS
BSCS, the Botanical Society of America, and the American Society of Plant Biologists are looking for high school life science teachers who are interested in participating in a unique professional development opportunity involving collaborations with research scientists, teachers, and students. Are you interested in collaborating with scientist mentors to help students learn how to conduct research on plants? Are you interested in taking part in face-to-face and online professional developmen
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Podcasts?
Does anyone assign students to listen to podcasts? I have found some really great ones that I would love to incorporate, but not sure how to go about it. I want more than just them taking notes. Any thoughts?
7 Replies   |   Last on 12/6/2016 at 10:24 PM ET
HS Science Sequence
What sequence do your students take their science classes in? We are restructuring our whole department's curriculum and can't decide the order. Right now, they all take biology as freshmen. From there out, they can take whatever order they want (which makes teaching these classes hard when they are all at different levels and backgrounds). We offer chem 1, chem 2, physics,  geology, and anatomy & physiology. Our hope is to make all the  sophomore take either geology or chem/physi
11 Replies   |   Last on 4/13/2017 at 9:20 AM ET
October Topic - Bringing Science Together in Your Class
How do you tie science concepts together for your students? Share below:
4 Replies   |   Last on 5/9/2016 at 7:07 PM ET
September Topic - New Ideas for the Classroom
What new thing are you trying in your classroom this year? Share what you're doing below so other community members can benefit.
4 Replies   |   Last on 5/11/2015 at 11:00 PM ET
July Topic - Teaching with Case Studies
How do you like to use Case Studies in your classroom? If you don't use Case Studies, what has kept you from doing so?
3 Replies   |   Last on 4/24/2018 at 8:28 PM ET
June Topic - Flipped Classrooms
What is one thing that excites you and one things that scares you about flipped classrooms? 
4 Replies   |   Last on 5/11/2016 at 6:31 PM ET
Late vs. Incomplete Student Work
As the school year is wrapping up, I'm thinking about changes to make next year. One of the biggest changes I saw in my freshman this year is incomplete work. My policy has been they can turn in one assignment (each quarter) late for full credit. Anything late after that is worth 60% (70% is our lowest D). So this year, kids are turning things in VERY incomplete.. I'm assuming because they think it's better than turning it in late.     So I was thinking of not accepting any incom
11 Replies   |   Last on 4/14/2017 at 8:17 PM ET
May Topic - Next Generation Science Standards
How have the Next Generation Science Standards impacted your teaching? 
3 Replies   |   Last on 5/21/2014 at 2:00 PM ET
Homeostasis and movement in the classroom
I recently failed on a major scale trying to teach the basic concept of homeostasis (and its components) by incorporating a game in the classroom that involved movement and had various roles for everyone - what I'm wondering is the following...how do you keep teaching difficult concepts and make them relevant... and what are your biggest failures as a teacher?
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/8/2014 at 7:51 PM ET
Gains
I hope to be able to share expertise and resources across the Atlantic fromthe USA to the UK
1 Reply   |   Last on 4/4/2014 at 9:29 AM ET
How you deliver direct instruction?
Hey there, everybody! My question is primarily for Bio/Anatomy/Marine teachers.  Obviously, a lot of our subjects are content-driven, which means that, at least for a decent amount of the year, we have to provide direct instruction. How do you personally deliver that direct instruction? Do you use your whiteboards primarily, or PowerPoint, or Prezi, or another way of "getting the info" to the students? I'm curious as to what others are doing in the classrooms, and particularly how you modi
3 Replies   |   Last on 6/24/2014 at 1:14 AM ET
Nursing Asst pre nursing introduction
I teach a prepartaory class for 11th and 12th graders to be eligible for the Wa State certification exam.  Many of my students are enrolling in prenursing classes.  I use a nursing history  project that leads to cultural and religious diverisity studies that culminates in a vignette created by students to share with the entire class the similarities and differences of attitides and practices surronding end of life ceremonies.  It takes about 4 weeks to cover it all
4 Replies   |   Last on 12/14/2018 at 1:27 AM ET
iPad apps
This year was my first year teaching at a 1:1 school, where all of the students have iPads. I am constantly looking for cool apps that I can use in my classes to help students with concepts in Anatomy. I don't have the time or resources to check all of the ones out there to use. I am hoping that I can get some ideas from others on here. I would prefer free apps since I want my students to be able to download and use them too. 
2 Replies   |   Last on 4/10/2014 at 10:11 AM ET
Activities to Teach about Women Scientists
Do you have a great activity that you do with your class to teach them about women scientists? Share it with your fellow teachers! Post it below or submit it to the Archive.
3 Replies   |   Last on 4/19/2017 at 6:54 PM ET
PhUn Week- What works best?
Have you participated in PhUn Week? How did you set up your event? What worked and what didn't? Particularly, what age group did you target, how large was your focus group, and what types of teaching or learning activities did you include in the event? Were you able to work closely with a physiologist to plan new lessons, or did you re-use resources from other teachers? If you have advice about the successes of your program, please share!
2 Replies   |   Last on 4/2/2014 at 3:04 PM ET
Teacher Evaluation - Your Opinion Needed
November's blog post focuses on teacher evaluation. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on teacher evaluations. What have your good and bad experiences been? Do you think evaluations should focus on practice, content, or both? Do you think there are evaluations that can also help improve student achievement?
1 Reply   |   Last on 5/15/2014 at 3:55 PM ET
Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!
Teachers, I need your opinion! I am curious to know who has and has not used virtual labs in their class, why, and how the Archive can help you with laboratory experiences for your students If you have used virtual lab, what has your experience been? What do your students think of virtual versus hands-on? If you haven't used  a virtual lab, what has kept you from doing so?  Should we include more virtual labs in the Archive? Is there something else we should include in the Archive
9 Replies   |   Last on 4/22/2018 at 11:11 AM ET
Time Savers!
I would like to know what everyone does to save time during the school year, especially during the beginnings and ends of semester when things can go crazy! One thing that keeps me sane is making lists. Lists allow me dump everything that I need to do out of my head onto paper so I can focus on one task at a time (plus I don't forget to do something!) Do lists work for you? Is there something else you do to save time?
6 Replies   |   Last on 5/11/2015 at 5:15 PM ET
most important idea in science?
What do you think is the most critical thing for science students to take away from a class? For me it is the idea that science allows us to test ideas about how natural things work (are causally related) and learn which ideas are stronger so we can adopt that understanding (until something better shows it up).
4 Replies   |   Last on 10/25/2018 at 3:15 AM ET
Archive resources for NGSS implementation
How are you using, or thinking of using, Collaborative Digital Library resources for teaching particular aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards? 
1 Reply   |   Last on 7/11/2013 at 12:48 PM ET
Crowdsourcing to fund classroom projects
Hi everyone, I'm curious whether you have used crowdsourcing to fund projects for your classroom.  If so, would you be willing to share what site you have used?  What do you think contributes to a successful "ask?"  I'm also interested in your thoughts if you have contributed to such a project - what inspired you to give?
2 Replies   |   Last on 6/13/2014 at 6:02 PM ET
Middle School Teacher is attempting to teach physics to first graders!!
I believe I bit off more than I can choose when I said I would do a full day physics class for 7 and 8 yeard olds! I have set it up so that the last 3 hours are LEGO building but the rest is my attempt at teaching these youngsters, all boys and one girl, some fairly abstract ideas. Before this, I would have never said that middle schoolers were easier but after this, I am changing my mind! I have a lot of kinesthetic activities but would love any ideas you have  Judy Barrere
4 Replies   |   Last on 12/14/2018 at 1:28 AM ET
Curious Young Writers
The Curious Young Writers blog provides a platform for publishing student writing that describes a nontraditional animal model and its role in advancing understanding of a specific disease, disorder, or medical condition. Each juried entry is authored by a pre-collegiate student who researches and writes about uncommon animals that are helping researchers find better answers to some age-old health questions. Know a Curious Young Writer who might want to participate?
2 Replies   |   Last on 7/9/2013 at 10:53 AM ET
9 -12 Science Blogs?
We'd like to add links to really good blogs on science for high school students to our What A Year! discovery reporting site. Any suggestions? Thank you.
5 Replies   |   Last on 4/17/2017 at 5:02 PM ET
Biotechnology Opportunities
If you are looking for some good lessons that you can do to integrate biotechnology into the high school classroom check out getbiotechsmart.com. Not only does this site include lessons plans, it also has presentations and videos to use as well. All resources on this site are free. They also offer grants each year for both middle school and high school science teachers. You could win a grant of up to $5000 for materials to use in your classroom!
4 Replies   |   Last on 7/11/2013 at 8:20 PM ET
Summer Professional Development
Summer has arrived! What are you doing for professional development over the summer? Are you reading any good books, following an expert on Facebook, or attending any conferences? I am taking part in my first MOOC. I can't wait to see what it's like from a students' perspective!
7 Replies   |   Last on 7/29/2013 at 2:53 PM ET
Apps for the Classroom
In the June Archive newsletter a request was made for teachers to share their favorite apps. What are some of your favorites and what makes them great?
6 Replies   |   Last on 7/9/2013 at 2:53 PM ET
Summer Professional Development
Summer has arrived! What are you doing for professional development over the summer? Are you reading any good books, following an expert on Facebook, or attending any conferences? I am taking part in my first MOOC. I can't wait to see what it's like from a students' perspective!
4 Replies   |   Last on 2/6/2018 at 8:38 AM ET