These are links to blog posts I wrote having to do with my Science classes.

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6th grade Water Quality

Finishing Water Quality

6th grade Cispus Week

Mt Saint Helens

8th grade Olympic Odyssey

Tree Planting

Salmon Digital Story

Finding Microorganisms

Small Successes

Green Way to Clean Up Oil Spills

Lab Saved

Promoting Inquiry though Exploring Predictions

Extend the Lesson for Inquiry

Quick Inquiry Field Trip

Quick (and dirty) Inquiry

Can Inquiry Be Structured?

When is Structure Needed?

Whiteboarding in Science

Sometimes Science Lessons Just Go Wrong

Time Well Spent

What is On-Task? (My rantings and questions.)

Classroom Management & Communication

Project-Based Learning

Reading Strategies

Habits of Learning

Learning Styles

What is STEM? And here is What is STEM? Part 2

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Learning About Cells

Rain Garden

Magnify the Universe

Mossman Found! (Gorgeous moss patterns in the forest.)

Live Animals in Science


Funny Story, Serious Problem

Mt Saint Helens

Microscope repair anyone?

Interview with Two Programmers

Fish Trapping


Awesome Solar System Infographic

Best in State! (STEM)

Molting Cockroach

Learning Targets (Based on NGSS)

Plant Humor

Inquiry Dry Spell?

Inquiry in Science

Adding Inquiry

Let Nature Take its Course


A series of posts I wrote reflecting on a course I took, How to Learn Math (technically not Science but still related so I’m including it here):
Math for All
Pendulum Swing or The Answer?
Math Stereotypes
Changing Math
Teacher Moves
Growth Mindset
Course Quotes
More Math Learning Quotes
How to Learn Algebra
More on Math


Mt Saint Helens

I Modified NGSS

Text Dependent Questions

Science and Engineering Resource

Science Online Discussion Forum

Robotic Ball

Another Great Partnership

WA Core Advocates

Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)

Backing up Claims

My 6th graders had an idea to have one blog where any of them could post ideas, questions, and thinking about the problems facing our world. Here are some of the World Solutions Blog posts (based on what they learn in my Science class!):
Why We Started This Blog
Invitation to Guest Bloggers
Clean Energy
The World Needs Change
Water Pollution
Trash Problem
Our Blog Statement Translated Into Spanish
A Student Shares About His Stuttering!
Food Miles!
Why Does This Happen? (Post about the chicken industry.)
Stories of Bullying
The Problem with Cows
Social Media
Ocean Pollution
Deadly Lake


Perseverance OR Obsession (My advice for writing grants.)

Perseverance AND Obsession (Perseverance and obsession pays off for getting grants!)

Environmental Youth Summit (Link to a nice article written about the Youth Summit I take my 6th graders to each year.)

Rocketry for Newton’s Laws (I attended a great NASA workshop so I thought I’d share what I did.)

Temperature Data Portage Bay (Finding new ways to collect temperature data.)

Imagine, Inspire, Innovate! (The 2016-17 Olympic STEM Pathways Partnership (OSPP) kick-off event!)

Chimacum Creek Summer 2016 Temp (Using the temp sensors I got from OSPP in my creek!)

Setting Up Science Notebooks (a couple of tips I learned)

CER Rubrics (A rubric for CER.)

The Biggest Challenges Facing Science Teachers (A Larry Ferlazzo BAM Radio podcast about challenges Science Teachers face!)

NGSS Science Shifting (Post about the NGSS shifts and aligning to NGSS)

Response to the Biggest Challenge Science Teachers Face (My and other educator’s response to the Larry Ferlazzo BAM Radio podcast.)

NGSS and the Scientific Method (Is the Scientific Method dead with NGSS.)

Bottle Flipping Lab (Turning an annoying game into a science experiment using the Scientific Method.)

Hindsight is Easy, I Need Foresight (Correcting a mistake I made with my CER Rubric!)

Inquiry Boards Bottle Flipping Labs Write-Up (Sample student work.)

WA STEM Summit 2016 (Some of my takeaways from the event.)

Aligning a Kit to NGSS (My efforts at aligning my Science kit to NGSS.)

Kid’s Take on Fake News (Common Sense Media Article with resources on fake news.)

WA STEM Interview (WA STEM interviewed me for a blog post on the STEM work I do with my 6th graders!)

A Stewardship STEM Project (Our 6th grade integrated Environmental Stewardship STEM project plan!)

What About Robotics? (Story of our Science Adoption and a plan for 6th grade Robotics.)

Adopting a New Curriculum (The final phase of our Science adoptions!)

We are Ocean Guardians (A new grant for our Environmental Stewardship Project.)

The DOING of Science (A post on the Science and Engineering Practices or SEPs of the NGSS.)

STEM Robotics with Faraday (A post on the NGSS Engineering standards and the STEM Robotics 101 curriculum.)

Science and Engineering in the Real World (Post sharing some more NGSS SEP resources and ideas.)



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