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

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 ...

Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:57 PM in Reflective writing in the Science Classroom
Thanks for responding, Emily.  I really like the idea of a self-assessment journal especially having students include why they struggled.  It could really help them be reflective on how they cleared up their misconceptions about the topic.  Tell me more about the Wander Project.  Do you have a link to the book or a sample of the writing prompts that you could share?  

Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:32 PM in How do you take science home?
In the past, I have had my students complete a short term weather study (typically it is a two week study). Studens keep a log of precipitation, barometric pressure, wind speed, temperature. After the two week period, they compare their weather log with their classmates.  We are a large district in terms of areawith a sparse population so we find some variationin weather patterns.  After this stu...

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

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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