Category Archives: This Week in class…

Events, insights, funny things that happen in class.

Project Update: In Students’ Own Words

Upon starting to write this post to follow up on progress with this project, (See the last post “Learning that Matters.”) I  realized that student voices should be the ones to tell the story.  These students have done an incredible … Continue reading

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Terrariums: Antidote for Winter Blues!

Here in New Hampshire USA it is certainly wintertime.  The sun does not rise until after 7 am and sets about 4 pm.  On cloudy days, which do tend to predominate during this season, we look out on a palate … Continue reading

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Stepping Off the Treadmill

When one is on a treadmill one has to keep going at a steady pace, with eyes forward. Concentration is required to keep from losing balance and falling off sideways or being flung off the back. There is no chance … Continue reading

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Kids Crave Feedback

Last week’s cathartic rant on the traditional bell curve approach to testing has left me free to reflect on the tool of feedback which we give to our students, and how crucial it is to them as they learn. This … Continue reading

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This Week In Chemistry Class

Two weeks ago my wonderful honors chemistry students asked to do a more project based assessment for the upcoming chapter instead of a traditional test.  So now I can come back to this blog and report on their amazing work! … Continue reading

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This Week In Climate Science Class

This week in Climate Science class we explored a little about the subject of Paleoclimatology. It turns out that the study of past climates gives scientists very valuable information into how Earth’s Climate system works.  Understanding the variables and  mechanisms … Continue reading

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This Week in Chemistry Class

One of my finest students said to me this week “Sue, are we always going to have tests, or are there going to be any projects, like we did last year in Biology?”  My response was. “In Chemistry we have … Continue reading

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