Rachel Hill

I am a 7th grade Life Science teacher in Chesterfield, Virginia. My current professional goal is to engage middle school students in high need areas with the amazing world that is science.




VCU School of Education

Recent Posts by Rachel

Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:33 PM in Preparing for your first year of teaching?
I am a preservice science teacher who will begin student teaching in the spring. For my first year of teaching that will begin next fall, I wanted to ask what current teachers wish they would have prepared for more, or known more about going into their first year of teaching? I like to be prepared so I just want to try and fill in as many gaps as I can! Thanks!

Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:12 PM in Engaging First Day of School Chemistry Activities or Labs
I am a preservice chemistry teacher currently in student teaching. I was wondering if anyone wanted to share any activities or labs that they use during the first few days of school to really grab the students attention and make them wonder about all of the amazing chemistry they will learn in the upcoming year! Thanks!

Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:08 PM in Why Learn Chemistry in High School?
I know that this is not specifically Chemistry, but this video gives students a good explanation of why science is important in general. www.whyscience.co.uk You could also ask students to be reflective about their lives and try and find something they use in their lives that is NOT based on chemistry. Ex. Toothpaste, tap water contains Fluoride, food chemistry, preservatives, anything plastic,...