When your students read your blog

It’s a funny thing when you find out your students read your blog.

I don’t know why I was surprised at first. New posts are automatically published on Twitter and Facebook – two very public spaces. Although my blog is mostly my own mental dumping ground, I do enjoy sharing my experiences with others. Continue reading “When your students read your blog”

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When Good Ideas Go Horribly Wrong

I had this great idea.

The “Better Biology” program was progressing quite well with the grade 11 SL class. There were challenges of course, but I was impressed with the level of independence of the students. And so, because I’m insane, I thought to myself why not try something similar with my grade 12 SLs? Continue reading “When Good Ideas Go Horribly Wrong”

When Acting Out in Class is Good

I’m a big fan of using role play in my science classes. I will find at least one excuse per unit to get students acting out some biological process like the electron transport chain or meiosis. First of all, it gets them out of the seats in which they are confined most of the day and engages them physically as well as intellectually.

Continue reading “When Acting Out in Class is Good”