December 17, 2011 5:48 AM Subscribe
The great news is I got a teaching job high school. The not-so-great news is that I'm biology and physical science, subjects I can barely fake my way through (I got hired because I have a background in special education and working with this population). What are some great books and online resources that will help me with super-interesting lessons? Bonus points for online games and experiments that don't involve flames or heat.
posted by kinetic to education (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
...long story short, I finally got a job an all-girl residential high school for girls with severe emotional issues. I teach three sections daily; 2 bio and one physical science. These are not motivated students, and I completely understand my goal is not to turn them all into Marie Curie but I want them to love science and get something from the class. Why not have them think science is awesome, right? But how?
All I've been given for curriculum are fairly decent textbooks, but that gets dull. To give you an idea, we've watched "Over the Hedge" and "March of the "Penguins" for a biodiversity unit, we've created a "forest" with wooden sticks and had it disappear by overforestation, and did an experiment showing population growth with yeast and molasses. They love doing things like that.
I'm desperate for ass-kicking online lesson treasure troves that I can look at, cool activities I can do with the girls, movies, tv series, experiments....really...anything that you've ever taught (or been taught) in science that made you sit up and think, "Cool!"