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

Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:16 PM in Climate Change
Understanding how climate is changing is a difficult concept especially for young ones. As an early elementary school educator, you are building the foundation on which future educators will scaffold student understanding. One of the most important topics that you can help students in learning is weather.  Without a good understanding of what causes changes in weather, students will be hard press...

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...

Recent Reviews by Ruth

Yesterday, 10:36 AM
5 A myriad of resources for classroom teachers!
If you teach earth science or environmental science, you need to check out this web seminar. Deke Arndt gave a very informative, resource packed web seminar. He did a super job explaining the state of current climate science and how scientists are measuring the changes we are currently observing and how they have been measured in the past. I especially appreciated Arndt's explanation concerning how changing climate will affect humans and their activities. He provided some great analogies about how an unstable climate versus a stable climate affects weather. But, most importantly, Arndt showed us where we can look for the most up-to-date information.

Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:12 AM
5 Excellent inquiry activity
The author describes an excellent inquiry lab that uses live crustaceans (isopods). I appreciate that a colony of isopods can be easily maintained. The space these model organisms would require in a classroom would be minimal. This would be an unique way to study food preference and extensions could be made using Data Nugget data from other organismal studies. The suggested extension of a statistical analysis would be a welcome addition in my College Biology course. However, my high school biology students would also enjoy this type of ecological study. I plan to use it this year with my students.

Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:57 PM
5 A great way to make biology relevant to students' lives
I love how the author uses food to capture students' interest and then leads them through detailed, rich investigations into the biology behind the recipe. The course he describes is for non-majors, but this would be a perfect approach in high school to help students understand important biological concepts and still show how those concepts are relevant to their lives. I also love the multicultural approach to food. By comparing how several similar dishes are made, one can also introduce both ecological and chemistry concepts as well.

Recent Public Collections by Ruth


8 Resources

Resources that can be used to track hurricanes for a high school Earth Science classroom.

Storm Trackers: In an inquiry-based unit, students learn to track hurricanes
Type: Journal Article

Idea Bank: Monitoring the Oceans from the Classroom
Type: Journal Article

Teaching the Connection between Weather and Climate in the Elementary School Classroom

15 Resources

These are a selection of resources to add elementary school teachers to help their students understand the relationship between weather and climate

Science Shorts: Project BudBurst—Analyzing Data
Type: Journal Article

Dress for the Weather
Type: Journal Article

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