Ruth Hutson

Blue Valley High School is a small rural high school in Northeast Kansas. I have the privilege of being the only high school science teacher in my district. I am fortunate to be able to teach the same students throughout their entire high school career. This year, I am teaching Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and College Biology. I love the challenges that this workload presents and enjoy integrating all the disciplines of science with math and statistics so students best understand the process of science.




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Recent Posts by Ruth

Mon May 08, 2017 11:23 AM in Graduating mid year
Hi Amanda, I would add to what Dorothy said. Substitute teaching is a good way to get your foot in the door of many districts. Not only does it allow the districts to get to know you, but you can also see the inner workings of a district. It can help you decide if you would really want to work for that district.

Fri May 05, 2017 9:30 PM in New Teacher
Hi Maria, Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. When teaching science especially at the elementary school level, it is important to keep it as hands-on as possible. Relating what children are learning to their lives is very important in their learning process. What do others think? Anyone else have any nuggets of wisdom for Maria?

Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:42 PM in Differentiation
Hi Emily, I agree with Bo's suggestion to incorporate rotation stations with your students. In my classes, I call this activity an exploratorium. I have used them with several of my classes and they work beautifully. I would add to Bo's suggestions to set a timer to allow students to be held accountable for getting their work done. If students don't complete a station, you can always allow t...

Recent Reviews by Ruth

Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:03 PM
4 Engaging Students through Real-Life Situations
The author describes an unique method that gives students ownership in determining a plan for use alternative energy sources for a fictional town. This is a new twist on a traditional debate format.

Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:36 PM
5 Models Galore
This lesson has so much going for it. Students extract DNA so they can see like what the actual substance looks. Then they designed models of DNA to help them understand the types of chemical bonds that hold DNA together. My favorite part of the lesson has to be the DNA model made of out students in the class. This is exactly the type of activity that my biology class needs in order to learn. The specific NGSS connections to the classroom activity are an added plus.

Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:25 PM
5 Simple, yet Elegant Model
In this easy to implement lesson, the author shows how to teach students the rules of base pairing as well as chromosome structure. By using a variety of instructional techniques and student pairings, high schoolers learn the relationships among five important genetic terms--allele, chromosome, gene, genome, and locus. In my experience, I have found that high school learners struggle with the exact relationships among these terms. This hands-on lesson allows students to walk away with a rich understanding of the meaning of each of these terms. The author also does an excellent job showing the specific NGSS connections to the classroom activity.

Recent Public Collections by Ruth

Worksheet to be used with Modeling Muscles article.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource

External Resource: Building Body Parts
Type: External Resource
Grade: Middle School, High School, College, Informal Education

Teaching about Climate Change and GCMs

9 Resources

This collection is meant as a supplement to my presentation Teaching and Climate Change and Global Climate Change Models. I gave this presentation on Thursday, April 4 at the NSTA national convention in Boston, MA.

Podcast: An Introduction to Earth's Climate: The Impact of Albedo on Climate
Type: Podcast
Grade: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Informal Education

External Resource: Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones
Type: External Resource
Grade: Middle School, High School

Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

Science 101: How do plants make their own food?
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School