The interactive notebook has been a great teaching tool for me for the last few years. The Interactive Science Notebook (INB) is a learning tool that involves an “input” (right side) of teacher’s notes and handouts. It also include an “output” section (left side) that allows students to creatively relate that information to their own experiences or organize the information in a variety of proven techniques or best practices. The versatility of the interactive notebook is only limited by the student or the teacher, therefore it has no limits. Throughout the year, I will post a variety of engaging examples that I use in my classroom. You will be amazed how the interactive notebook reaches all of the learning styles in your classroom and allows students to personalize their learning. I am currently in the process of gathering, organizing and explaining how I implement the activities I do throughout the year into a book. The left side of the notebook is for graphic organizers, charts, stories, raps, poems, pictures and more. The right side is used for notes and teacher handouts (“input”)
Note: Successfully implementing the Interactive Notebook involves extensive set-up and procedures but the pay-off is worth it.
Set up of the interactive notebook:
During my ambitious first year of teaching I developed a lab report rubric that is about a detailed as it can get. It makes lab reports very easy to do and grade. It is based on 110 point scale. I spent at least 5 hours developing this rubric knowing I would use it the rest of my career. I hope it helps you.
We all have those days when we wake up feeling sick. Well, today was my day. I quickly thought about putting in for a substitute but I hate asking for coverage on such short notice, it puts extra stress on everyone. I decided to drag myself to work after swallowing a variety of horse sized pills to sooth the pounding in my head from the stuffed sinuses. Today had to be a video day. They say you are your best substitute. My choice of video was “Super Size Me” the educational version. The video gave me an opportunity to relate and revisit the scientific method, experimental design, biochemistry and bias. I sometimes feel guilty for showing videos, but this was truly relevant and timely. Typically, I only show small video clips to supplement the instruction so my auditory/visual learners got a treat today.
This week we began biochemistry. We focus on the structure,function, examples and pictures of the four macromolecules. I have developed an effective lesson that uses printable macromolecule boxes that my students really enjoy using. There are 3 different games/activities that I use to help my students grasp this concept. This lesson is more than worth a try. It is easy, you will love this and so will the kids.
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This food web activity was an engaging one. Students were having in-depth conversations (almost arguments) about what certain animals eat.
It was very easy to assess what the students didn’t understand especially when they had an arrow indicating that the grass was eating the deer.
My Biology Classroom
Welcome to my website. I hope you find this website to be an extremely useful resource for teaching biology. I will continually update the website with useful information for fellow teachers. On this website you will find a variety of labs, activities, lesson plans, worksheet, readings assignment, quizzes, tests and writing assignments. I will continue to add new materials as I use them in my classroom and find time to add them. I will do my best to give you a look into my classroom with postings of the things we do in my class. I hope I will learn from my reader’s and they will learn from me. Remember, a good teacher is a reflective teacher.