Bond with James: Secondary Science Back-to-School Giveaway!

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.

51 comments:

  1. looking forward to checking out your resources!

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  2. Tip - find a mentor, be kind to the school secretary and janitor, say "no" to new projects until you get your feet on the ground.

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  3. Top 5 Social Media Accounts: Blogs by George Couros, Matt Miller, Shake Up Learning, AJ Juliani and AP Biology Facebook Group.

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  4. I recommend going to conferences or workshops to meet other teachers so that you can expand your networks and get a chance to find more new resources instead of reinventing the wheel.

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  5. The top 5 things I subscribed to would be Kesler Science, Flipping Physics, Teach with Fergy, Science from the South, and POGIL.

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  6. love the short video above about having your objectives printed and saved from year to year! What a time saver

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  7. I subscribe to Amy Brown Science, Flipping Physics, Matt Miller, getting nerdy, AP biology with Mrs. Chou

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  8. Set a time limit for how long you will stay at school - the first year is crazy but you still need to have some down time! And I completely agree with an earlier post - be nice to the secretary and janitor they will save you!!!

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  9. Paul Anderson, Mrs Lau, Biology Roots, bond with james

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  10. I recommend new teacher prepapre, prepare, prepare..don't wait until the last minute because you'll never have time to finish.

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  11. I use Facebook, Pinterest, and TPT.

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  12. For new teachers, I would say be patient. There is so much new material at the beginning of the year. Take your time and work your way through one task at a time. It gets easier!

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  13. Mrs. Lau, Getting Nerdy, Tangstar, Amy Brown, Biology Roots

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  14. Save everything! Create files by content topic.

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  15. For new teachers, TPT is your best friend! Also, I hope you have Google docs and Google classroom.

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  16. Top 5: Kesler, Science Penguin, Magnolia Teacher, Amy Groesbeck, Getting Nerdy

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  17. I would recommend to a new teacher starting their career to designate time for yourself, Set aside days you WILL NOT bring work home, or you will burn out.

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  18. Getting Nerdy, Amy Brown, Kesler, Biology Roots, and Mrs. Lau

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  19. Get one bin for each lab group and prep them
    ahead of time with all of the materials that your students will need for the lab. Have the students replenish their bin at the end of class for the next group and incorporate the clean up into their grade.

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  20. I would recommend a new teacher color code all their classes - from bins for holding notebooks, to in boxes for turning in homework, to folders for managing grading, to name sticks for a hands down classroom... Each class had their own color for ALL items that they/ or their assignments interact with.

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  21. Bethany Lau, Mel & Gerdy, Tangstar, Biology Roots and Amy Brown!

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    1. These are all awesome ladies. The only one I haven't met in person is Tanstar Science.

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  22. I tell my new teachers to make their expectations CLEAR and enforce consequences fairly and consistently. Kids watch to see what you do when that first kid tests you!

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  23. My first year I had two best friends who suddenly got into a fight with no warning when one of them insulted the other's girlfriend. I managed to get them separated, but then one student made another comment in order to have the last word, and the "good" student calmly disengaged from me and took him over a few desks. No one was hurt physically, and no punches thrown, but so tense and awkward for me as a first-year!

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  25. My top 5 TEACHER accounts are:
    1. Bond with James
    2. We Are Teachers
    3. HHMI Biointeractive
    4. Teachers Pay Teachers
    5. NSTA

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  26. For a new teacher I would recommend that they find a mentor teacher and ask them for help with what they need help with, make friends/nice with the office staff as they will then help you with anything you need and on the first day of school make sure you get the pronunciation of every student's name and write it down phonetically so you can pronounce it correctly.

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  27. Getting Nerdy, Mrs. Lau, Kesler, Biology Roots, and Amy Brown

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  28. I teach 6th grade, so starting the year slowly with a kind, reassuring attitude is huge. Kids are super nervous!

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  29. I find it to be very challenging to engage students who seem to have given up and who have no support at home. I'd love to hear some ideas on how to get these students to buy into the effort that I'm asking them for.

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  30. My top teacher resources are: PINTREST and Instagram! I am a big visual person and these work best for me to find ideas.

    My biggest word of advice for new teachers....BE ORGANIZED from the beginning.... don't say you will do it later...do it now!

    My biggest challenge in the science lab that I have run into recently is that kids these days need to be taught more respect for lab equipment. They steal things from the lab all the time and break things because of careless behaviors.

    Reporting from my husband's computer... This is not the "College Guy", but his wife...Nicole Ciccarelli

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    1. Lol, thanks for letting me know. Wow, stealing lab equipment! I can only imagine for what. I agree with staying organized. It has always helped me.

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  31. Top 5 - James Bond, Mrs. Lau, AP Chemistry group, and pinterest!

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  32. I would suggest limiting the amount that you grade. It's easy to get bogged down by it all, but it's best to not take things home.

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  33. My biggest challenge teaching is my large class sizes. It makes it so hard to do labs or keep control wiht 30+ students.

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  34. I think the most challenging aspect of teaching in adult education is that I have to recruit and retain my students. It is like convincing folks to join a weight loss program...and then keep them at it until they meet their goals.

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  35. My advice to new teachers is to truly appreciate the janitors, bus drivers, lunchroom workers, secretaries, nurses, etc. Because these folks do their jobs, we can teach.

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  37. New teacher tip -- Take it one day at a time.
    Social media I follow teachers on -- Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, TedTalks
    Hardest thing -- last year I had 6 preps in 7 classes -- 2 were stacked classes and 2 were new preps

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  38. My top 5 teacher social media accounts I follow are 1. Kesler Science Professional Learning Network (FB), 2. Alice Keeler (youtube channel), 3. Richard Byrne (youtube channel), 4. Cult of Pedagogy (blog), and 5. edutopia (email subscription).

    Back-to-school tips that I have for new teachers is to not sweat the small stuff and if you feel like you need help, make sure to ask for it...do not isolate yourself in your classroom.

    A challenging teaching experience I have had was realizing that for one particular student one morning, my bellwork assignment was the least important thing he was dealing when I found out his father had beaten his mother so badly, she was in a coma in the hospital and his father had been arrested. My student had gotten up on his own, gotten ready, and made it to school. The definition of "small stuff" changed for me that day.

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  39. I follow YOU, Amy Brown Science, Nitty Gritty Science, Getting Nerdy with Mel and Nerdy, and Science with Mrs Lau (amongst others)

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  40. To a new teacher I would recommend trying to stay at least a week or two ahead of your class with your planning. Inevitably that gap will narrow, but it will give you some wiggle room when you just don't have it in you to get any more school work done.

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  41. I think my most challenging teaching experience is just dealing with students who are defiant, don't want to be there, don't want to learn. It's really hard sometimes to remember that these students have different home lives than I had and trying to find a way to get through to them with something they ARE interested in or DO care about.

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  42. I follow:
    Kesler Science
    4mulaFun
    Math=Love
    Getting Nerdy
    Bond with James

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  44. amy brown, kessler, Getting nerdy, Science with Mrs Lau
    new teachers - dont re-invent the wheel curriculmwise. get your class management going well first

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  45. Vanessa Jason
    Kesler Science
    Amy Brown
    Mrs. Lau
    Getting Nerdy

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  46. New teachers: Learn your student's names! Make it a priority. Seating charts! Use them. And don't be afraid to change them at any moment. Don't wait until a seating arrangement problem grows.

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  47. Greatest challenge: teaching 6 preps in small town southern Utah.

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