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  1. Heart rate data of my class from resting, walking, and jogging trials #reallifelessons #edss530ig
    Heart rate data of my class from resting, walking, and jogging trials #reallifelessons #edss530ig
  2. Several weeks ago my students learned about body systems and homeostasis. We did a lab where they compared resting, walking, and jogging heart rates. Students had to figure out how to make sense of the class data and how to visually represent the data. It was fun to see the different approaches students decided to take.
  3. It is cool to see how different students visualize data #edss530ig
    It is cool to see how different students visualize data #edss530ig
  4. This student decided to make a line graph. I loved the way this graph really emphasizes the changing of the heart rate between the different levels of activity.
  5. It is cool to see how different students visualize data #edss530ig
    It is cool to see how different students visualize data #edss530ig
  6. I love how the artistic side of this student really shows itself in how they designed their graph.
  7. Teaching piano = highlight of my day :) #loveteaching #edss530ig
    Teaching piano = highlight of my day :) #loveteaching #edss530ig
  8. I included this in my project because it shows the other part of what teaching means to me. Without teaching piano for the past ten years I probably would not have decided to pursue my credential.
  9. Apparently Styrofoam is flammable. #biologyclass #ngssengineeringpractices #edss530ig
    Apparently Styrofoam is flammable. #biologyclass #ngssengineeringpractices #edss530ig
  10. This was pretty funny. Students built algae farms to capture carbon and students fed the farms with CO2 from candles. Lesson learned = double check all students have put out their candles before the bell rings.
  11. We planted vegetables in the bio classes I assist in. It was fun to see how excited students are to see how big their plants are now before we send them home or plant them in the school garden. #edss530ig  #reallifelessons #organicgardening #biologyclass
    We planted vegetables in the bio classes I assist in. It was fun to see how excited students are to see how big their plants are now before we send them home or plant them in the school garden. #edss530ig #reallifelessons #organicgardening #biologyclass
  12. I loved this project that we did in my assist class. I definitely want to use it next year when students learn about plants. It gives opportunities for discussion about nutrition and local and organic gardening.
  13. Today = day 1 of learning natural selection from online games :)
    Today = day 1 of learning natural selection from online games :)
  14. This trimester has been an experiment in two things: student questioning and gamification of learning. This was my students' first experience gaming to learn.
  15. Students had to race the clock to eat enough beetles to survive and reproduce. The green beetles were very difficult to see = had better fitness over generations. Students liked the game so now to see if they connect it with their learning.
    Students had to race the clock to eat enough beetles to survive and reproduce. The green beetles were very difficult to see = had better fitness over generations. Students liked the game so now to see if they connect it with their learning.
  16. This game was really instructive. Students observed to me that the game would be easier if they had a mouse... and one student made the connection to how a mouse could represent an adaptation that would help them survive. Score one for games! Now I just need to figure out how to get all of my students to think more globally about the game and connect it to their learning.
  17. My students are doing a natural selection competition today to see which tool is best adapted to collecting sunflower seeds #edss530ig
    My students are doing a natural selection competition today to see which tool is best adapted to collecting sunflower seeds #edss530ig
  18. I borrowed this competition from my coteacher. Students were very engaged and seemed to have a lot of fun! Students were assigned to groups according to their tool. They were given test tube tongs, beaker tongs, tweezers, or chopsticks. Groups competed against each other to pick up as many sunflower seeds as possible in 30 seconds. After the game groups analyzed class data to see which group was most efficient and related the competition to how natural selection works.
  19. Today my students played "Who wants to live a million years?" Of course they figured how to win much more quickly than I did ;)
    Today my students played "Who wants to live a million years?" Of course they figured how to win much more quickly than I did ;)
  20. This is the final game students played for learning about natural selection. In this game students choose adaptations for their species and then they see how well their species survives through various environmental challenges.
  21. I asked my students to brainstorm what they remembered about the different species of orcas. This was my favorite response :) #edss530ig
    I asked my students to brainstorm what they remembered about the different species of orcas. This was my favorite response :) #edss530ig
  22. As a class we discussed speciation of the two (or possibly 3-4) species of orca. The next day I asked students to brainstorm everything they could remember. This student's answer made me smile. I love the connections they made to personal experience and background knowledge.
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