Elle Miller

I am a future 7-12 science educator, and I will be licensed to teach life sciences and chemistry. I am currently completing my observations and student teaching at Kent State University.



Recent Posts by Elle

Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:19 PM in Re-Taking Tests
Maddie, I really like the idea to make everyone who doesn't get above an 80% to retest. There are quite a few students who could benefit from retesting, but they don't take initiative and come in on their own time, so that fixes that issue. My cooperating teacher has been teaching for 10 years, so his retake tests are pretty consistent with what the majority of students get confused on. Thanks...

Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:02 PM in Re-Taking Tests
Hi Emily, They do see what they did incorrectly on the test, and right now it is set up where they can only get one letter grade higher. I might just change that to the better of the two grades because if a student does really poorly the first time but studies a lot to learn and does great on the retest, they probably deserve to just keep the high score. I like your idea with the multiple choi...

Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:05 PM in Re-Taking Tests
Hi Cris! The school is very open, so the teachers are allowed to make their own policies for their classrooms. My cooperating teacher has told me that I can change the policy if I want, but I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot by taking the option away. I like your idea of having them write down what they are still unsure about, so I will talk with my cooperating teacher about that! Thank ...

Recent Reviews by Elle

Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:20 PM
5 Real-World Connections
This game is a great way to get the students thinking about the science concept of distribution, but also connects a lot of really good real-life examples. The students are playing a game, which makes it more fun for them, but they are limited by money, which is a very real thing that scientists have to deal with. They also have to make decisions as far as how much to sample and where to sample, which could cause problems because they are trying to see the whole picture but are limited to only a fraction. Then they can all come back at the end and see how their way of sampling gave different results than another group's, which shows just how different results of studies can be. This is a great activity to do in a classroom.

Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:36 PM
5 Great way to promote creativity
This article shares a really great tool for allowing students to be creative in the science classroom. Using infographics to convey research is a great way to allow students to be creative, research something that interests them, and share their findings with others. The article explains that these projects are also great for open-ended assignments that allow the students to explore topics. It also gets the students thinking about where they get their data from, and how to decide if it is reputable information, which is a very good life skill to have and could help many of them with their future jobs. The teachers who used infographics as assignments also said that the students were encouraged to share their projects with one another for feedback, which helps with communication skills. They also mentioned the students sharing their infographics with the public to share information in a gallery format, which allowed their parents and other students to see what they have created. Overall this is a very good article that shows there can be creativity in science, and students are interested in their topics and enjoy the freedom to create their own infographics on topics that matter to them.

Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:42 PM
5 Good Science Object
This is a really great resource for teachers who want to refresh their knowledge on a topic in a few hours. It includes everything that you need to know, with audio, text, and images all together. There are also a few quizzes embedded and a quiz at the end to make sure you understood everything. There is a glossary that has easy to understand definitions, which are helpful in the classroom as well. Many of the images and information could also be used in the classroom. It is very easy for teachers to use this resource to refresh on a topic quickly and thoroughly.