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

Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:14 PM in Teaching Science Vocabulary
Hi Vivian, It's true that teaching vocabulary in science is an integral part of understanding and it should not be left out. There are multiple strategies that can be used to help student acquire. Here are a couple of strategies I use with my high schoolers. For every unit, I decide on ten to twelve words that are essential vocabulary that will be needed for a student to have maximum un...

Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:15 PM in Chemistry is Awesome
Hi Lory, As a high school chemistry teacher, I am so sorry that you developed an aversion to chemistry. The periodic table is just a tool to better help us understand and predict how element behave. Think of it as chemistry's version of SparkNotes. There are a lot of other ways to include students other than memorizing elements. The Learning Center offers a myriad of ideas if one does a key...

Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:34 PM in Classroom Management
Sydney, you are correct when you says that students don't respond well when the teacher is shouting. One method that I have found to get my students' attention is to actually talk more quietly. Students then have to stop talking to hear me. Once they have stopped talking then I resume speaking in a normal speaking voice. You are also right about having a time for a brain break. I really l...

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