Author Archives: ryanwoodside

About ryanwoodside

I help students learn science. I teach at Mt. Ararat High School in Mid-Coast Maine.

Grading

My school and every other public high school in my state is undergoing a process to move to a proficiency based graduation and therefore grading system over the next handful of years. The major conversation of my district’s Proficiency Based … Continue reading

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Week 2 – Modeling Biology Year 2

We started to actually get into it this week. After completing The Game of Science and discussing our WhiteBoard Meeting expectations we had our first WhiteBoard Meeting. One if my classes struggled with participation in the board with only about … Continue reading

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Week 1 – Modeling Biology Year 2

I’m really hoping to be more active here this year. I’d love to do a project for modeling180.org, but I just do see it happening. I’m aiming for a weekly summary instead. Day 1 – Unfortunately boring stuff on day … Continue reading

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Grading Presentation

My Principal asked me to share my practices around grading at our Staff Development day on Friday March 14. The focus of the day was on assessment and grading. As a district we will be making the shift to Proficiency-Based … Continue reading

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DNA Extraction

I’m in the middle of the Cell Unit now. We’ve already established the structure and function of the cell membrane and are now working on the structure and function of the nucleus. The Cheek Cell Lab went off without a … Continue reading

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Teaching Socratic Questioning Strategies with Hedbanz

I was walking by the classroom of a colleague when one of my students who happened to be in that class called out to me, “Am I alive?”.  The students were playing the game Hedbanz, and she happen to have … Continue reading

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#ModBio Workshop Day 11

Agenda: WB Discussion Cellular Respiration Laboratory Simulating Cellular Respiration with MolyMods Exercise 2 – WB & Discuss What Do Plants Eat? Simulating Photosynthesis with MolyMods Do Plants Photosynthesize all the Time? The whiteboard discussion of our Cellular Respiration Laboratory was … Continue reading

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