Travus Houghton



Recent Posts by Travus

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:36 PM in Expanding on Science Role Models
Our general science books have a tendecy of leaving out images or names of a lot of those involved with the advancement of science.  In the next 9 weeks I am going to be teaching about genetics and heritage.  What are some interesting ways to introduce some of the major players in these discoveries so that my students can have a better grasp at who these people are, and that they can aspire to be...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:30 PM in Humor in the classroom
I find myself to be a bit of a jokester, but I won't toot my own horn in how good I am - which isn't that good...way too cheesy. But I'm curious as to how much humor I can use when teaching, and in turn, how much joking about can I allow my students to partake in before it gets too out of hand.  I know it's apparent that any jest sent Towards another individual is strictly prohibited, but a ge...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:26 PM in Classroom Engagement
In another part of my inquiry series of discussion posts I’ll be listing in order to better myself as an upcoming teacher, I am curious how to keep the attention of students as the day goes on.  Currently I’m student teaching at the 8th grade level, and after 20 minutes of classroom interaction I can already tell that students are drifting off into their own minds.  What are some things I can do ...

Recent Reviews by Travus

Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:10 PM
5 Sci Guide Review
This is a truly remarkable science guide that addresses the complexity of species relationships. The information is organized neatly, putting the main sets of positive, negative, and neutral sets. The quiz was well written to test my knowledge of the material and ensure that I will be able to teach it with no problem to my students. In addition, I think that the break down of the food web is intricate and perfectly designed to understand to material better.

Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:02 PM
5 Sci Guide Review
Upon looking over the Science guide, I found that the information enclosed was relevant, properly organized, and easy to follow. The details and the reviews/reminders truly help the observer to understand the complexities of Weathering and Erosion. The section on rivers was informative with a lot of pictures to help make connections with the materials. The part about the speed of erosion is also great, as it addresses a misconception about how erosion is a slow process.

Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:51 PM
5 I can see clearly now...
After reading this article, I'm glad to see that teachers are addressing the crucial aspect of scientific literacy and introducing it to students as soon as possible. The methods proposed in this article are clearly stated, with examples that are well written. I was really intrigued by last method in which the students create their own "ABC book" of terms for the unit. This method allows the students to really connect with material as they get to use their imagination and creative thinking to connect to the terms of the unit.