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 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...

Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:58 PM in Avoiding Lectures When Instructing Life Science
Hi Adam, Several years ago I was able to attend a short course at an NSTA National Conference called Lecture-Free Biology . It was led by Bonnie Wood. In the course, she outlined how she transitioned her biology courses from strictly lecture to a more student centered approach. Here is a link to an American Biology Teacher article where she outlines the steps she did to make this transitio...

Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:12 PM in Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
Wonderful, Norm.  Thank you for those suggestions.  Is the McComas book, The Nature of Science in Science Education ?   Another question that came up the chat dealt with how to assist students in evaluating the inquiry methods that scientists use.  Other than the Lederman Depository , do you have any suggestions where teachers can begin helping students recognize the inquiry skills that scien...

Recent Reviews by Ruth

Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:48 AM
5 Great independent learning activity
I recently used this idea with my freshmen Earth Science class when we had technology issues with a movie and I needed something immediately. It was a life saver. Students chose their own volcano. On the first day, they did their research and on the second day, they wrote their resumes. I loved that the rubric was included and was so straightforward. All I provided was several links as starting point. It was a great end of the unit review for us.

Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:03 PM
4 Engaging Students through Real-Life Situations
The author describes an unique method that gives students ownership in determining a plan for use alternative energy sources for a fictional town. This is a new twist on a traditional debate format.

Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:36 PM
5 Models Galore
This lesson has so much going for it. Students extract DNA so they can see like what the actual substance looks. Then they designed models of DNA to help them understand the types of chemical bonds that hold DNA together. My favorite part of the lesson has to be the DNA model made of out students in the class. This is exactly the type of activity that my biology class needs in order to learn. The specific NGSS connections to the classroom activity are an added plus.

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