British Columbia Science Teachers' Association

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 4

Fix 4: don’t punish academic dishonesty with reduced grades; apply other consequences and reassess to determine actual level of achievement. Ahh cheating.  I think the longer you have been teaching the stronger (or weaker depending on age) your opinion is…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 3

Fix 3: Don’t give extra credit or use “bonus points”; seek only evidence that more work has resulted in a higher level of achievement. Well this post should be a breeze; I’m almost second guessing this whole project.  Does anyone…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 2

Fix 2: Don’t reduce marks on “work” submitted late; provide support for the learner.  I have never taken marks off for a student submitting work late. In reality, possibly due to the school I teach in, it is rare that…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 1

Just so you have some context, I currently teach Science 10 and Biology 11; students in these courses will be my test subjects.  I have been teaching for around 5 years and have taught both courses before, so I’m not…

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Teaching Literacy is an Important Part of Science… or any Class

Guest Blog by Rhiannon Johnson. Rhiannon has taught in various Science settings. Her current role is collaboratively teaching in a middle school model at Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby, BC. Rhiannon is a master at incorporating literacy strategies into her Science…

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One Teachers Journey Testing out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades

Good morning Readers, In addition to being a Biology teacher, I am also a Foods & Nutrition teacher.  I know what you are thinking: I have the best teaching assignment a person could ever ask for.  You are right. One…

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Scientific Models: Practical Uses of 3D Printing in Science Classes

Guest Blog by Craig Howard. Craig is a Sr. Chemistry and Physics Teacher at WL Seaton Secondary in Vernon BC. He actively looks for ways to incorporate technology into his practice.@craigihoward Science classes have always been enhanced by the use…

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Turning Your Approach to a Lesson Upside Down

If you’re looking for a fresh take on your favourite (or not so favourite lesson), how about designing your lesson upside down? Jennifer Gonzalez, from @cultofpedagogy, has a wonderful video giving an example of how to teach an inductive learning…

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Catalyst 2018 Update

The BCScTA’s Catalyst Conference is held annually in October during the PSA Professional Development Day. For 2018, Catalyst will be held at Kelowna Secondary School in the sunny Okanagan, October 19th. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dave Harper. Dr….

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Literacy Supports in Science- For FREE

One of the questions that I often get asked is, where do I find text that meets the reading level of all my students? There are 2 go to websites that I frequently use to support literacy learning in Science…

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