My top three strategies, ideas, or tools of the week!
Looking for a more meaningful way to "check" homework science or math class?Instead of circulating the room, give students a 1-question quiz with a problem similar to those assigned for homework. Here's the hack: Project the question have students answer on a notecard. Question on one side, answer on the other. Grade quickly and return. By then end of the unit, homework quizzes become subject specific flashcards!
Are you a math or science teacher looking for a simple way to integrate programing into your curriculum? Rather than leveraging store bought calculators, challenge your students, to "Code a Calculator" by using simple block based coding languages such as Scratch or Blockly. Click here for an excellent tutorial using Scratch. Simpler applications include coding a "Tip Calculator" are shown here.
Interested in a simple way to bring STEM to the life sciences at any grade level? Check out the Mudwatt. The Mudwatt is a system that allows students to build a fuel cell that runs on muddy microbes. The affordable cell offers a long-term experimental platform for learning about microbiology, decomposition, nutrient cycling, soil chemistry, biochemistry, and electrical engineering. Click here for a video with additional information.
Ramsey Musallam is a full-time science teacher in Santa Rosa California.