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Putting CER to Work

Putting CER to Work

This post is the 5th and final post in the CER framework series. To read any of the previous posts in this series click on those below:  Introductionto the CER FrameworkClaim in the CER FrameworkEvidence in the CER FrameworkReasoning in the CER Framework The final part of the Claim – ...
Reasoning and the CER Framework

Reasoning & the CER Framework

This post is the 4th post in the CER framework series. To read any of the previous posts in this series click on those below:  Introduction to the CER Framework Claim in the CER Framework Evidence in the CER Framework The third part of the Claim – Evidence – Reasoning (CER) ...
Evidence & CER Framework

Evidence & the CER Framework

This post is the 3rd post in the Claim –  Evidence – Reasoning (CER) framework series. To read the first post called: Introduction to the CER framework, click here. To examine the 2nd post: Claim in the CER framework, click here. In this post we examine Evidence. The second part ...
Writing the CLAIM for the CER Framework

CLAIMS & the CER Framework

This post is the 2nd post in the CER framework series. To read the first post called: Introduction to the CER framework, click here.  The Claim – Evidence – Reasoning (CER) framework begins with the “CLAIM.” A claim in general terms is the answer to the question being explored. ...
Introduction to the CER Framework

Introduction to the CER Framework

This is the first blog post of an ongoing series to support integrating the CER framework into your classroom for students. In this introduction you will examine what the CER framework is. The following posts will dive deeper into each part of the CER framework and what it looks like in the, ...
Free Weather Curriculum for Middle School Science

Globe Curriculum: A Free Weather Unit for Middle School Science

Teaching a unit on Weather to Middle School students can sometimes be challenging. While I love to teach Weather because I can go outside, I found many of my students didn’t love it as much as I did. So I am always looking for new and better ways. And if you ‘re like me, usually…
Thinking Like A Scientist

Why I don’t teach the scientific method and what I do instead!

While there are tons of teachers out there teaching the traditional scientific method, it does not define science. This was a controversy I faced in my early years of teaching. Nearly all beginning of the year units and textbook companies emphasize this in their first units. Why the controversy, ...
How I Introduce Human Body Systems

How I Introduce Body Systems

Students love learning about the human body and I love teaching it. Whether you teach high school Anatomy & Physiology or a unit on the Human Body Systems in middle school, you will love starting out with this fun interactive activity that can also be used as a pre-assessment of what your ...
Designing NGSS Curriculum Map

Designing An NGSS Aligned Curriculum Map

As crazy as it sounds, one of my favorite things to do when summer break arrives is to reflect on the year. Although I have been using NGSS standards to drive my classroom for years, Colorado only officially adopted the standards this past year. With this adoption, our school district revamped all ...
Get 100% Engagement with Nearpod

Get 100% Engagement With Nearpod

As a teacher I am always looking for ways to increase student engagement. With Nearpod you can have 100% of your students engaged. And often this can feel impossible, as we know not every kid is actually interested in what we are teaching. I am sure almost every teacher has that moment when they ...
5 Powerful Ways to Use Zoom to Teach

5 Powerful Ways to Use Zoom to Teach

Zoom has become a hot topic in education due to the unfortunate pandemic of the Coronavirus, along with other video conferencing tools. With this increase in the use of Zoom, they took many steps to ensure educators could feel safe with their students with added security and settings. So when ...
3 Ways to End the Year Remotly

3 Awesome Way To End Your Year Remotely

With remote learning, many teachers and schools have been thinking about how to end their school year in a fun and engaging way. And if you are teaching a grade level where students are moving on to another school next year, you really want to make that last week fun, engaging and memorable for ...
A Glance At My First Week of Remote Learning

A Glance At My First Week of Remote Learning!

Did you start remote learning this past week like I did or are you getting ready to soon? I am writing this post to share how my first week went, what I learned, things  I would do differently  and unexpected successes. I am sure all of you will have your own story to tell too.  ...
Simple Ways to Plan for Remote Learning

Simple Ways to Plan for Remote Learning

No one could have predicted what countries would face with the pandemic of the CoronaVirus (Covid-19). As a result many school systems have been chosen to close for weeks and have been trying to prevent learning loss through remote teaching and learning. Here in Colorado, we are one of the many ...
What Every Teacher Should Do After Winter Break

What Every Teacher Needs To Do After Winter Break!

Be successful after winter break by planning with these simple ways during your first days back. Have a chatty class and just need to refresh your structures and routines. Here are some simple ways to help your class start the new year strong. ...