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

Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:21 PM in Master's Degree
Hi Bailey,  The answer to your question is really subjective to your situation. There are a couple of things to consider.  What is your end goal in education?  Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years,  etc? If where you see yourself in the future requires a Master's Degree. then start on it as soon as you can afford it.  However, if you are unsure where you will be, it is okay to wait a...

Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:35 AM in How do you Embrace STEM?
This year my high school has been highlighting STEM careers by having STEM professionals visit our classrooms.  When our guests visit my classroom, they explain how they apply science principles in their jobs and they have students do some type of activity or lab that demonstrates that principle in light of their work. I meet with these professionals ahead of time and we coordinate the activity t...

Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:07 PM in Reflective writing in the Science Classroom
Hi Emily,  I got my daughter Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal several years ago.  However, I have not discovered this author for myself.  I was completely unaware of her body of work.  You've sold me; I am going to check out her work. She sounds like someone that I would really like. But more importantly, she sounds like someone my students would love.  The first prompt is outstanding. It ...

Recent Reviews by Ruth

Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:56 PM
5 Great inquiry lab
In my quest to find rich, safe inquiry labs for my chemistry class, I believe I have found a keeper. The author describes how she turned a typical cookbook lab into an inquiry exercise. Not only does she provide the lab, but she also discusses typical student questions and how to answer them without giving away the end result of the lab. Her answers which were in the form of another question provided guidance and help lead students to a better understanding of why. I can't wait to try this with my students.

Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:27 PM
5 Wow! Great simulation!
What a unique simulation to help students understand ozone depletion! I love the connection between biology, atmospheric science, and chemistry. This will be an excellent lesson to use with my high school chemistry students because it serves as both a review and an extension of their knowledge. I love the connection made with the Montreal Protocol and why it was developed. This is a rich lesson that I can’t wait to use.

Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:37 AM
4 Something to ponder
This article challenged me. Typically, instead of taking notes, I have my students complete a summary over what we have read, watched, or discussed. While this is a skill upon which most of my students still need improvement, I am left wondering how to move my juniors and seniors to a more reflective form of writing so that they can begin to make connections between the different science disciplines that they have studied. The article has proven to me that reflective writing would be a beneficial skill. I appreciate that they do not grade the reflective portion on conventions, rather on the students' ideas and thought process.

Recent Public Collections by Ruth

Friction in the Elementary School Classroom

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

Friction in the Elementary School Classroom

10 Resources

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

Teaching Through Trade Books: May the Force Be with You!
Type: Journal Article

Science 101: Are there different types of force and motion?
Type: Journal Article

Worksheet to be used with Modeling Muscles article.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource

External Resource: Building Body Parts, LabTV Video
Type: External Resource