Author Archives: seballmd

The Hard Truths About Our Own Career

Science Teaching is in Fact NOT a Cake Walk Throughout our pre-teaching career, we learn a lot about content.  Content, not only in science, but about our teaching career.  We learn a lot about misconceptions, standardized tests, inquiry, and troubles … Continue reading

Posted in Challenges for Science Teachers, Misc | Leave a comment

Our Students Are Resilient

Sitting in our classrooms is dozens and dozens of students with a variety of backgrounds.  We don’t always know what kinds of homes they come from or what their family life is like.  For some, home is a place of … Continue reading

Posted in Misc | 4 Comments

Let’s Assess Assessments

When students hear “test” or “quiz”, they automatically assume the worst.  They think about extended response questions or multiple choice scantron handouts.  What I want to do as a future teacher is to clear the air of that negative connotation.  … Continue reading

Posted in Misc | 3 Comments

Let’s Evolve Together: Understanding Misconceptions

As science teachers, it is our job to have our students think critically and dive deep into scientific knowledge.  A big focus on our classes today is scientific argumentation.  It is important to have our students find solid, fact-based evidence … Continue reading

Posted in Misc | 7 Comments

Money, Money, Money… Don’t Spend Too Much

Many teachers across the nation have spent an overwhelming amount of their own money on a variety of school supplies and other supplemental materials.  Well, here is where it stops.  When it comes to teaching your own students, there are … Continue reading

Posted in Misc | 4 Comments

Now You See It

Making Thinking Visible and Why It Is Important No one wants a teacher who stands up in front of the classroom and lectures the entire period about a new biology concept.  Instead, get inside your student’s heads!  If we really … Continue reading

Posted in Making Thinking Visible | Leave a comment

Ok Ladies (and Other Minorities) Now Let’s Get In Formation

Fairness vs Sameness When it comes to modern society, everyone faces challenges.  Some people face challenges more than others.  Women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities face hardships that others do not have to combat through … Continue reading

Posted in Equity | 1 Comment

Let’s Learn About STE(A)M

What is STE(A)M? It is a combination of  STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and ART.   In this lesson that I will introduce, I will address the idea of genetic engineering. Engage:  Students will get in groups to determine the differences … Continue reading

Posted in STEM Activity | 8 Comments

Construct Your Understanding

What can make you a successful science teacher???  CONSTRUCTIVISM Don’t know what that is?  Well, I’m here to guide you through the practices and theory of constructivism. What is Constructivism? Constructivism is a theory that many teachers put in place … Continue reading

Posted in Constructivism | 6 Comments

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

What is cooperative learning? First, lets define cooperation: (noun) the process of working together to the same end. Now, lets break down the definition itself.  “Working together” entails that there are multiple people involved and they must use their skills.  “To … Continue reading

Posted in Cooperative Learning | 4 Comments