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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #10 | Setting Up My Classroom Days 2-5

This vlog highlights a 5-day window when I went up to my school to finish organizing my classroom. This is the final week of summer vacation before teachers have to return to school. Based on my experience as a teacher and administrator, I know that I would not have enough classroom preparation time once we returned. Therefore, I made a trip up to the school to allow myself sufficient time for setting up my classroom. 

This video mainly focuses on the final touches to my painting jobs and the addition of tennis balls for my student tables.  Although I did some other classroom organizing, I did not highlight that in this vlog.  Furthermore, I did not want to give too much away because I want to reveal it all during my Beginning of the Year Classroom Tour video. Stay tuned!

If you have any great ideas for organizing my classroom or general classroom organizing ideas for teachers, then please leave them in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you; as would other teachers! Thanks for watching!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Secondary Science Back-to-School Giveaway!

Summer vacation is coming to an end and the time to start prepping for school has returned.  As you get ready to return to work, here is a 1-minute Back-to-School video tip to help save you time. This is something that I've done for several years and even provided teachers with their own versions when I was a district-level science instructional specialist.
If you wish to participate in my personal giveaway (win one of four $25 TpT gift cards), then simply complete the information in the Rafflecopter below. 
Please note that you will be asked to verify your status as a secondary science teacher (current or former). This is to prevent unsolicited entries into the giveaway. 

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Secondary Science Giveaway
In an effort to support science teachers, I have teamed up with 17 awesome science educators for a Back-to-School Giveaway.  We are giving away FIVE $100 gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers! 

Participation Details:
First, you will need to use the inlinkz linkup (bottom of the page) to hop from blog to blog.  Secondly, as you visit a participating blog, make sure to gather a code word from each science educator. My code word is 19. Claude. Finally, string together the code words in order to create a sentence. Submit your answer into the rafflecopter box to enter the Back-to-Schol Secondary Science giveaway (directly below).

Terms of Use:
Giveaway ends August 11th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the Earth only.  Winners will be selected at random and be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to confirm their email addresses and respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #9 | Classroom Prep and Student Supply ...

Join me as I vlog about my Day 1 classroom prep for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. I also talk about student group bins!

This vlog highlights a 3-hour time period when I went up to my school to start organizing my classroom. Teachers have 1 week of summer left (after the shooting of this video) before we have to return.  Based on my experience as a teacher and administrator, I know that I would not have enough classroom preparation time once we returned.  Therefore, I made a trip up to the school to allow myself sufficient time for setting up my classroom. 

I also take some time to discuss my student group bins (boxes).  I showed these in my End-of-Year tour video last year. However, I forgot to come back around to explain what I actually had inside. I've used group bins for a majority of my career and believe that the bins are one of the many awesome classroom organizing ideas for teachers.

If you have any great ideas for organizing my classroom or general classroom organizing ideas for teachers, then please leave them in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you, as would other teachers! Thanks for watching!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #8 | Dual-Credit Teacher Professional D...

Chembridge is a dual-credit course offered through the University of Texas at Austin.  The program is part of the Pre-College Academic Readiness Program (through a division that oversees diversity and community issues on campus and throughout the state). The course is taught online by a University of Texas professor. High school teachers co-teach in person at their respective campus. Students also receive 6 hours of college credit upon successful completion of both semesters. 

I inherited the course from a teacher that had left at the end of last school year (and she had inherited it from a teacher that had left mid-semester last year). I had previously co-taught the course approximately 10 years ago. Chembridge has undergone faculty and programmatic changes since then.  

The workshop served as teacher professional development over a 4 day period (originally scheduled for 5 days).  Teachers received professional development credits at the end of the workshop. Additionally, individuals will return in the fall for 1.5 days of teacher professional development

In the video, I share my experiences over the week of July 24th - July 28th - everything from traveling to campus, to fighting and surviving allergies, and working problems that my students will work on throughout the school year. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #5 | #iteachtoo Teacher Tag

Join me as I participate the in the #iteachtoo Teacher Tag, created by my fellow teacher YouTuber, Too Cool For Middle School.  The #iteachtoo teacher tag is a series of 10 questions, posted below, that participants answer about themselves to help their audience get to know them better.  Play along and share a little about yourself in the comments section so that I get to know a bit about you; especially if you are a secondary teacher. 

How did you get involved and can I join? 

--I came across the #iteachtoo Teacher Tag through the YouTube recommended list.  I noticed a lot of videos with the #iteachtoo tag and wondered what was going on.  After watching a few, I realized that it was a collaborative opportunity, created by Megan, of "Too Cool For Middle School", that allowed people to participate in voluntarily. 

Prior to this, I had not really shared information about myself similar to the info that I shared in my #iteachtoo video. So, hopefully, you were able to learn a little more about who I am as a person and a secondary science teacher!

#iteachtoo Teacher Tag questions

1. What do you teach and where?

2. How long have you been teaching?

3. Did you always know you wanted to be a teacher?

4. What is your typical #teacherootd?

5. What do you usually bring for lunch?

6. What is one of your favorite books about teaching?

7. What is one of your favorite teacher movies?

8. Who was your favorite teacher?

9. Who are some of your favorite teacher YouTubers/instagrammers/snapchatters, etc?

10. What is one of your best classroom management tips?

11. What is one reason you decided to become a teacher?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #4 | My Student Teaching Experience

Join me as I share my student teaching experience, as well as my experience as a collaborative teacher (host) for student teachers. What was your student teaching experience like? 
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Additional insight:

While my student teaching was 15 years ago, the experience is still fresh in my memory. Perhaps I remember it so well due to my anxiety and the fact that I basically taught the two courses unsupervised.  Regardless of that particular situation, it still was a great experience.  I was fortunate enough to complete student teaching assignments at various primary and secondary schools; however, my semester-long experience is the event that I speak about in this particular video. 

I also had a few stints as a (host) cooperating teacher for several student teachers.  I shared my last experience - which was 7 years ago before I left the classroom for various instructional leadership positions.  In all cases, I made sure to allow my student teachers the opportunities to experience the life of a teacher (or at least as close as possible in order to make their transition a little easier). 

If you're thinking about becoming a teacher or about to start your student teaching assignment, then, as I repeated SEVERAL times in the video, take advantage of all the opportunities and commit yourself to the experience.  Best of luck on your teaching journey and I hope I was able to provide an alternative insight to a topic you may have already come across. Have a great day!


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