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 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...

Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:19 PM in Lab Summaries
Hi Chris, I like your categories for the summary. I wonder if a short purpose statement at the beginning of the summary before the procedure would also be helpful. Something along the lines of this....The purpose of this lab was to ________.

Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:49 PM in Learning Center assistance for Education student
Hi Travis, I am an online advisor. My fellow online advisors can assist you in finding resources and brainstorming lesson ideas. We typically communicate through the forums, but you can also private message us. We respond to posts in the forums and we also write reviews for NSTA resources we have found particularly helpful with our students. Have a great semester!

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

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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