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 Applied Statistics and Analysis in Science, 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

Yesterday, 9:35 PM in How to get your students engaged
Hello Jazmin, There are a couple of ways to help kids focused on the activities you are doing. First, make the activity relevant to the student's life. Ask them open-ended questions to get them involved in the classroom discussion. Develop some engaging scenarios and ask them what they would do or how they would solve a particular problem. You could also show them an image of some scien...

Yesterday, 9:27 PM in New Question
Hi Karely, What grade level are you teaching? I teach high school and I rarely use lecture as a form of direct instruction. I just use it to fill in knowledge gaps. Typically, my student start by viewing some sort of phenomena whether that be an mini-experiment they perform or a simulation they view. Then we talked about what they observed which leads them into the active instruction po...

Yesterday, 9:16 PM in Concerns as a new teacher!
Hi Alma, I couldn't agree with you more. In successful elementary school classroom, science is incorporated as a co-curricular activity. Student apply their reading, math, and writing skills as they learn science concepts. When my children were in elementary school, they learned science using both hands-on activities and through the reading of some excellent science trade books. As you ...

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, LabTV Video
Type: External Resource

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

External Resource: Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones
Type: External Resource

Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
Type: Journal Article

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