Ruth Lehmann 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

Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:10 PM in Using Phenomena to Drive Student Learning
I am so excited to be able to attend this Virtual Conference.  I am hopeful to find some new and innovative ways to share phenomena with my high school students. 

Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:21 PM in Science Safety Handbook
The back of the Flinn Scientific catalog is a great safety resource. It would be an excellent starting point. You can request a hard copy of their catalog or find safety recommendations under the safety tab on their  website.

Thu May 24, 2018 9:57 PM in Field Trips
Hi Jessica,  What is your area of specialization?  At my current position (a high school in rural Kansas), I am the only science teacher.  I've taken all my students on several different kinds of field trips depending on the subject matter.  They can be used as a culmination of a unit or to introduce new information. Typically, all of the field trips we take have something to do with the co...

Recent Reviews by Ruth

Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:16 PM
5 Determining students' preconceptions
The probe described in this article would not only be excellent for elementary school students as a pre-assessment for student understanding, but it could also be used for both middle school and high school students as well. I intend to use it with my high school Earth Science students to determine their understanding at the beginning of our unit. Then we will revisit the probe at the end of the unit. Students can revise their thoughts in writing (in their lab notebooks) so they are more in line with scientific thinking.

Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:50 PM
5 A great real-life application
This lesson is a great marriage of real-life analysis of a school's watershed and further analysis using the online tool, Model My Watershed. Once students have a good understanding of what a watershed is and the dynamics involved in their local watershed, they are evaluated by designing a feature that will improve their watershed by minimizing runoff. I can't wait to test this out with my freshmen Earth Science class. The possibilities seem endless and will turn a boring unit into something that is more relevant to my students.

Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:49 PM
4 Helping clear up student misconceptions
The author gives a brief, but excellent synopsis of what the magnetic North and South poles are and what causes this phenomena. In addition, the author offers three activities that can be used to aide students in better understanding what a magnetic poles is and how it relates to magnetism. An excellent list of online resources is also provided.

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

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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

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