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The Ticket System: A Game-Changing Classroom Management Strategy

Introduction As a veteran teacher with 16 years of classroom experience, I have tried various strategies to create a positive and well-organized learning environment. Among the many classroom management techniques I’ve implemented, the ticket system has proven to be one of the most effective and enjoyable for both myself and

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How I Created My Classroom Body Farm

How I Set Up A Classroom Body Farm

I am always looking for innovative ways to engage students in my Forensics class. One way I achieved this was by setting up a classroom body farm during my forensic entomology unit. In this blog post, I will share how I set up a classroom body farm and how my

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algor mortis lab

An Algor Mortis Lab Your Students Won’t Forget

My Death Investigation Unit is my all-time favorite topic to teach in my Forensic Science class! It’s filled with interesting content, fun activities, engaging labs, and my students love it just as much as I do. When a fellow forensics teacher, Jason Briski, shared the idea to use a hot

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An Easy and Effective Way to Identify Minutiae Patterns

An Easy and Effective Way to Identify Minutiae Patterns

I love teaching fingerprinting in my Forensics course, but students sometimes struggle when it comes to identifying minutiae patterns. Fingerprints can be difficult to analyze on paper, so I have started using this fingerprint balloon activity to help my students identify minutiae patterns. Essentially, students enlarge their fingerprint on a

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Hosting a Mock Crime Scene in Forensics

Hosting a Mock Crime Scene in Forensics

Hosting a mock crime scene is an exciting way to bring your curriculum to life and engage your students. If you’ve been wanting to execute a mock crime scene in your Forensics classroom, but aren’t sure where to begin, I’ve got you covered! Today, on the blog, I’m sharing my

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Grudgeball: An Engaging Classroom Review Game

Grudgeball: An Engaging Classroom Review Game

It’s no secret that I love a good ole classroom review game. I discovered grudgeball a few years ago and love how engaged my students become when we play. Not only is it easy to set up, but I love that it encourages team work and friendly competition. My students

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Blood Spatter Inquiry Lab

Blood Spatter Inquiry Lab

My students love a good lab and this one doesn’t disappoint. What makes it so great? It’s completely STUDENT directed! Oh…and the students get to stand on the lab stations- which they LOVE. I use this lab as an inquiry lab, meaning that my students conduct the lab BEFORE the

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7 Holiday Activities to use in your Biology Classroom

It’s that time of year (Ho! Ho! Ho!) and I am excited to incorporate some holiday cheer into my classroom. I love decorating my classroom tree and playing soft Christmas music in the background during the month of December. I also love adding fun holiday twists on the topics that

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a fun lab for teaching cellular respiration

A Fun Lab for Teaching Cellular Respiration

I love teaching cellular respiration! One of the main contributors to the love of this topic is the BARF BAG lab. I find it oddly satisfying to watch the students’ expressions when I announce, “Today in the lab, we will be making barf in a bag.” This lab is easy

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