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

Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:11 PM in How do you teach subjects you're unfamiliar with?
You speak a great truth, Maria.  Some times a teacher is faced with a topic about which they know little.  Like you said, "as the students you are still exploring and learning with them."  When faced with that situation, learning can still occur for both teacher and student.  However, the teacher's role is switched to showing students how to learn something about which they know little to  nothin...

Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:05 PM in Middle School Curriculum
Hi Amanda,  I am in agreement with Gabe.  It makes much more sense to teach science in a multi-discipline approach.  Otherwise, students don't see the interrelatedness of the science disciplines.  In addition to your state's recommendations, you might want to look at the the NGSS Hub at NSTA.  They have some classroom resources that might help you in planning your year. Find them at this link...

Thu May 02, 2019 12:45 AM in Rural vs. Inner-city
Hi Alex,  I would say that both schools have their challenges and rewards.  It really depends on the area so I will make some generalizations.   Many inner-city schools have a large student populations so teachers can expect to have one or two preps that they teach multiple times a day.  If one is at a remote rural school, then you may be the only science teacher and can expect up to seven ...

Recent Reviews by Ruth

Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:49 AM
5 A must read for chemistry teachers
A wonderful review of the proper safety mindset both teachers and students should have at the beginning, during, and end of a laboratory. The authors discusses not only the don'ts that teachers should enforce, but they also stress what teachers should do to allow for a smoothly run laboratory experiences. I especially appreciated their suggestions concerning how to organized the room during a lab including providing a central location for waste disposal and stock solutions.

Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:32 PM
5 Practical information
Whether you are planning a remodel or in the process of constructing a new science facility, this resource is a must. It offer practical information that will ensure you build the safest facility possible for your students.

Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:06 PM
5 Concise and helpful!
A great column that gives an overview of what parameters teachers should use when considering the purchase of seating in the lab. Excellent for teachers to share with their administration to explain why they need to purchase specialized seating.

Recent Public Collections by Ruth

Elementary STEM Challenges

6 Resources

This collection highlights some of the STEM Challenges that can be used within elementary school units.

Science Shorts: Building Bridges
Type: Journal Article

Teaching through Trade Books: If You Build It...
Type: Journal Article

Creating a Culture of Lab Safety

18 Resources

This collection contains articles that will help a high school teacher encourage students to think about lab safety daily.

American Chemical Society High School Safety Videos
Type: User uploaded resource

What Can Students Learn About Lab Safety From Mr. Bean?
Type: Journal Article

Friction in the Elementary School Classroom

Here are several resources that will better help elementary school students better understand the concept of friction.