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Secondary Science Simplified™
Secondary Science Simplified™
Rebecca Joyner, High School Science Teacher

Secondary Science Simplified is a podcast specifically for high school science teachers that will help you to engage your students AND simplify... more

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139. Sunday Scaries - How I Use Friday Planning to Prevent Them

These days, I'm all about doing things now that serve my future self. In last week's episode, I shared five... more

15 Jul 2024 · 17 minutes
138. Serving Future You - How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

I frequently think about how much the principles I've learned from running a business (and parenting) have changed my perspective... more

08 Jul 2024 · 29 minutes
137. Work/Life Balance as a Mom and AP Teacher With Guest Kimberly Leary

As teachers, we know how hard it is to manage and balance our work and personal lives. But when you... more

01 Jul 2024 · 45 minutes
136. Building a Team Mindset Into Your Classroom Culture

When I was a classroom teacher without any kids, I had no idea of the correlation or commonality that being... more

25 Jun 2024 · 21 minutes
135. Using Anticipatory Conversations to Diffuse Classroom Chaos

If you’ve been listening each week, you know that this month, I’ve been doing a special series where I’ve reflected... more

17 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
134. Prioritizing Relationships Over Being Right

As you all know, my outlook and perspective on life are usually black and white. Especially when it came to... more

10 Jun 2024 · 18 minutes
133. Using Refrains When Teaching

If you openly ask your students, What’s something I say often? You might be surprised by their answers or know... more

03 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
132. End-of-Year Personal Reflection - 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

I love taking the time to reflect both professionally and personally because it helps me grow as a teacher and... more

27 May 2024 · 16 minutes
131. End-of-Year Resource Audit

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, your mind is on summer, relaxing, and taking a break from... more

20 May 2024 · 23 minutes
130. First Year Teaching? 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Something that I remember so vividly is my first year teaching. I was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and couldn’t wait to have... more

13 May 2024 · 20 minutes
129. 4 Things I Learned From Other Teachers That Changed How I Teach

As a former secondary science teacher, I know how hard y’all work and plan to create meaningful lessons and activities... more

06 May 2024 · 24 minutes
128. Admin Appreciation - The Best Ways My Admin Ever Supported Me

A group of people who are educators who don’t always get a lot of credit but also put in a... more

29 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
127. Teaching AP Chemistry With Guest Zach Matson

We’ve made it to our final episode in our AP science teacher interview series, and I’ve saved the best for... more

22 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
126. Teaching AP Environmental Science With Guest Ashton Allgood

I’ve had so much fun and really enjoyed listening to my guest science teachers during my AP science teacher interview... more

15 Apr 2024 · 45 minutes
125. Teaching AP Biology With Guest Beth Hines

As we move forward with focusing on the different AP science classes, this week, we’re focusing on AP Biology. This... more

08 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
124. Teaching AP Physics With Guest Laura Preiser

It’s the beginning of April, and with the spring air around us, it reminds me of something fresh and new,... more

01 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
123. What to Do When You Care More Than Your Students Do

As educators, we decided to make this our career because we love to help people and care about students and... more

25 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
122. How to Nail Your Teacher Job Interview + 3 Mock Lesson Ideas

In last week’s episode, I asked you to examine your current job situation to see if there were more things... more

18 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
121. Burned Out? When It’s Time to Make a Change

It’s no secret that teachers are constantly overwhelmed and stressed and often don’t feel appreciated for their work. Especially during... more

11 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
120. How to Cut Your Grading Time in Half

Everyone is trying to achieve a work-life balance, but for teachers, that simple concept is actually very complicated. One of... more

04 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
119. Increasing Retention - How to Get Students to Remember Dense Topics

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - the reason I do this podcast is for you! I... more

26 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
118. CER: What It Is, and Why I Never Explicitly Taught It

If you’ve been in education long enough, you know that new acronyms and ideas are constantly being tossed out there.... more

19 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
117. How to Prep for a Long-Term Substitute Who Doesn’t Teach Science

We’ve all had someone who isn’t trained in our subject area be a substitute in our class before, but only... more

12 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
116. Behind Schedule? What to Do and How to Prevent It in the Future

No matter what subject or grade you teach or how long you’ve been teaching, you have been behind schedule at... more

05 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
115. How to Act Confident When You’re Not

If you’re a beginning teacher or teaching a new prep for the first time, everyone’s advice is always to fake... more

29 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
114. How to Bounce Back After You Mess Up

Have you ever made a mistake in your classroom? Or handled a situation differently that caused more problems or regretted... more

22 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
113. What to Do When You Have No Energy - Truths for the Classroom

If you are anything like I was in the classroom, this time of year is when I often felt the... more

15 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
112. What to Do When You Have No Energy - Systems for the Home

With the demands of teaching, we often come home with no energy but are faced with the demands of our... more

08 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
111. Priorities and Boundaries in the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you were able to unplug over this winter break and recharge so you can... more

01 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
110. How to Manage a Classroom of Apathetic Students

It’s officially the last week of 2023, so I wanted to end the year with the most listened to episode... more

25 Dec 2023 · 43 minutes
109. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Reflect Over Your Course Sequence

As I mentioned last week, I’m taking the last weeks of December to replay my top three episodes of the... more

18 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
108. 5 Must-Have Routines and Procedures for Secondary Teachers

Happy December, y’all! The one word that describes my life right now, which might describe yours as well, is frantic.... more

11 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
107. NGSS and Standards-Based Grading With Guest Boni Hamilton

You all know that I want to bring you as much information and perspectives on a topic as possible. With... more

04 Dec 2023 · 58 minutes
106. Standards-Based Grading, Citizenship Grades, Motivation and MORE With Guest Jennica Harrison

I love talking about science content, curriculum, engaging activities, and practical strategies you can implement in your own classroom. But... more

27 Nov 2023 · 59 minutes
105. What Happened When I Stopped Assigning Formal Lab Reports

As science teachers, or teachers in general, we tend to have the mindset of doing things in our classroom the... more

20 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
104. Using Summative Assessments to Prepare Students for Standardized Tests

After we teach a unit, what typically comes immediately after are summative assessments, and there are a lot of different... more

13 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
103. Authentic Assessments: How to Assess Students in a Way That Actually Matters

If you ask any student what they didn’t like about school, I bet assessments would be toward the top of... more

06 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
102. Tips for Teaching Waves and Kinematics in Your Physics Class With Guest Laura Preiser

All month long, I’ve been diving into the most difficult topics to teach in each of the science disciplines, and... more

30 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
101. 6 Tips for Teaching Stoichiometry in Your Chemistry Class

When I decided to do this series, I knew exactly what I was going to discuss when it came to... more

23 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
100. Your Questions Answered: Grading, Challenging Behaviors, Leave, Favorite Labs, Supporting ELs and MORE!

I’m doing a happy dance because it’s my 100th episode! Y’all, I can’t believe I’ve been supporting and sharing my... more

16 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
99. How to Teach the Nervous and Endocrine Systems in Your Anatomy Class

We are starting week two of our difficult topics to teach with the different science disciplines. Last week’s episode, Episode... more

09 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
98. 5 Tips for Teaching Biochemical Reactions in Your Biology Class

Welcome to fall, y’all! We just wrapped up our Summer of Podcast PD, where we tackled curriculum design, classroom management,... more

02 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
97. 6 Grading Tips That Changed My Life

Over this past month, I’ve been sharing my thoughts, practices, and strategies surrounding the topic of grading. You’ve probably realized... more

25 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
96. Why I Stopped Assigning Homework (And 6 Surprising Results)

Remember the days when you were in school and thought, When I’m a teacher, I’m NEVER going to do this!... more

18 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
95. How to STOP Grading Everything

As teachers, we know that our time is valuable and we try to create that perfect work-life balance. However, time... more

11 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
94. How to Deal with Cheating in Your High School Science Classes

To wrap up our Summer of Podcast PD, we’re ending with a series on grading practices. And one of the... more

04 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
93. Simple Strategies for Classroom Management

I loved talking all about classroom management this month, and we have finally made it to the last episode of... more

28 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
92. 5 Ways to Have Precise Pacing and Tight Transitions in your Secondary Science Classroom

My message in last week’s episode was all about how to be proactive rather than reactive using routines and procedures.... more

21 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
91. My Top 5 Classroom Management Routines and Procedures for High School Science Teachers

Dealing with behaviors and problems in the classroom is inevitable, but our goal is to prevent as many as we... more

14 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
90. Classroom Management Philosophy for Secondary Science Teachers

The new school year is upon us, and to help you prepare, I am spending the whole month of August... more

07 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
89. Classroom Management in a Post-COVID World with Guest Casey O’Hearn

Tomorrow is August which means that many of you are gearing up to head back to school. What better way... more

31 Jul 2023 · 43 minutes

YOU DID IT!! It is the last episode of our Curriculum Design mini-series and we are wrapping it up with... more

27 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
87. Aligning Your Assessments: Curriculum Design Part 5

Huge CONGRATULATIONS, teacher friend! You made it to the final part of our curriculum design mini-series! I am so incredibly... more

24 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes

Ready for more help with building out the backbone of your curriculum? I’m ready to help! I know that this... more

20 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
85. Building Out Your Backbone: Curriculum Design Part 4

We have made it to part 4 of the Curriculum Design mini-series! The first three parts weren’t exactly “fun,” I... more

17 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes

Lecture is the foundation when designing a curriculum. Now I know that may make some of you not very happy,... more

13 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
83. Forming Your Foundation: Curriculum Design Part 3

We are at the tipping point in our Curriculum Design mini-series! I am so excited that you have worked through... more

10 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes

Have you been following along with our Curriculum Design mini-series and need just a little bit more support and context... more

06 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
81. Analyzing Your Aims: Curriculum Design Part 2

We are moving on to step two in our curriculum design mini-series! If you did not complete the first step... more

03 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
80. Strategizing Your Sequence: Curriculum Design Part 1

You asked for it so I’m going to give you what you want! One of the most frequent requests I... more

26 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
79. 4 Ways to Use Your Summer Well

Summer is in full swing and I could not be happier! It’s time to soak up the sunshine and enjoy... more

19 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
78. Our LEAST Favorite Topics to Teach & How We Approach Them with Guest Sam Holcomb of Engineer Does Education

Let’s be honest, we all have certain topics that we have to teach but just absolutely dread teaching. Whether it’s... more

12 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
77. 5 Myths You Might Believe About Your Work Email

Are you an email addict feeling like you need to constantly be checking your inbox and responding immediately to anything... more

05 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
76. How Did You Do This Year?

If you’re anything like me, you want to just make it through the last couple weeks of school and say... more

29 May 2023 · 22 minutes
75. End of Year Classroom CLEANOUT Without the FREAKOUT

Get out your big black trash bags and label makers, because it’s time for an end of year classroom cleanout!... more

22 May 2023 · 16 minutes
74. My #1 Way to Simplify Future Lab Days

We are kicking off our Summer Podcast PD with a topic I get asked about most - LABS! There is... more

15 May 2023 · 29 minutes
73. Teacher Appreciation Week Gone Wrong

Happy teacher appreciation week, my friend! I truly hope that you are being celebrated and shown how much you are... more

08 May 2023 · 30 minutes
72. Review Strategies for EOC, Benchmark, and AP Exams

The end of the year is fast approaching which means that benchmark and EOC exams will be here soon. If... more

01 May 2023 · 29 minutes
71. "I'm the Problem, It's Me": Working with Difficult Coworkers and Admin with Guest Zach Matson

Working with difficult admin or difficult coworkers can make or break a teaching position. Last episode, my high school chemistry... more

24 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
70. “It isn’t an Attack on You”: Dealing with Difficult Parents with Guest Zach Matson

Dealing with difficult parents can be one of the worst things about teaching secondary science. So many of us would... more

17 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
69. Admin Support - WHY You Need to Ask, HOW to Ask, and WHAT to Ask For

Admin support can completely make or break your job as a secondary science teacher. As high school science teachers, we... more

10 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
68. Evaluating Your Teaching Contract

It’s contract season! Have you received your teacher contract for next year yet? If not, it will likely be coming... more

03 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
67. Considering a Teacher Career Change with guest Daphne Gomez, the Teacher Career Coach

You know I am always here to support you and want to see you thrive in the classroom! I know,... more

27 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
66. Tips for Teaching at a Public School vs. a Private School

Are you unsure if you want to teach in a public school or a private school next year? In my... more

20 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
65. Considering Switching Schools? 10 Questions to Think Through

Contract season is quickly approaching, meaning soon, you’ll have to decide if you will return to the same school next... more

13 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
64. How to Re-Engage Apathetic Students (and Manage Your Own Apathy!)

Quarter 3 is a doozy! There is definitely an energy shift after winter break and both students and teachers feel... more

06 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
63. Teaching and ADHD - Practical Tips for You AND Your Students with Guest Bri Plyler

Students and teachers with ADHD have unique struggles and challenges when it comes to work and school tasks. Whether you... more

27 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
62. 5 Ways to Instantly Make Your Planning Period More Productive

How are we supposed to have a work/life balance when we have a million things to do on a daily... more

20 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
61. Rethinking Demos and More with Guest Dr. Erica Colón

Many of us are looking ahead to the end of the school year because we are just burnt out. The... more

13 Feb 2023 · 57 minutes
60. Teaching with Packets - What They Are, Why I Love Them, and How to Use Them

It’s almost Valentine’s Day so I knew I needed to share with you all about love at first sight! It... more

06 Feb 2023 · 37 minutes
59. From Burned Out to Burned-In with Guest Amber Harper

We hear about teacher burnout all. the. time. You may even be feeling burnout and exhaustion right now. You are... more

30 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
58. Midyear Reflections and Reset

Oh, the second half of the school year. Making it to the end of the school year may seem like... more

23 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
57. Living and Working in Your Current Season

As we are getting into the second half of the school year, are you noticing a difference in your energy... more

16 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
56. Scheduling Rest – Why You Need to and How To Do It

Do you actively schedule time for rest or are you running at full speed 24/7? We often get so caught... more

09 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
55. Goal Setting for the New Year - a Different Approach

New year, new goals! That’s what we always hear, right? For some, this goal setting energy is exhilarating but for... more

02 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
54. Your Top 5 Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2022

We are one year into the Secondary Science Simplified podcast and I am SO GRATEFUL for each and every one... more

26 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
53. School Counselor Partnerships, Life Hacks, and Laughter with Guest Lauren Tingle

Did this year fly by for anybody else? I cannot believe it’s winter break and we’re already at the end... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
52. Why NOT to Assign Work Over Breaks

Confession time: One of my biggest regrets from my time spent in the classroom is assigning homework over school breaks.... more

12 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
51. 5 Alternatives to Traditional Midterm Exams

Winter break is quickly approaching! Unfortunately, that means that midterm exams are as well. Most of us are required to... more

05 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
50. Ask Me Anything! All YOUR Questions Answered!

It’s finally here! It’s the 50th episode of Secondary Science Simplified and to celebrate, I’m answering all of your burning... more

28 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
49. Visuals, Middle School, Maternity Leave, and MORE with Guest Rachael Lasky

Going through different seasons of life and experiences will definitely change your perspective on teaching. From teaching in a classroom... more

21 Nov 2022 · 51 minutes
48. 5 Ways to Reclaim Your Class Time

It seems we never have enough time to do what we want to do in our class periods. How are... more

14 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
47. 2 Ways That Learning Happens and How to Create a Classroom Culture That Fosters It

How can we make learning more natural and more meaningful for our students? Simply put, learning happens best through asking... more

07 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
46. Incorporating STEAM as Secondary Teachers with Guest Dr. Sarah Habibi

STEM is so important to teach our students to create lifelong learners and problem solvers. Integrating STEM into secondary science... more

31 Oct 2022 · 30 minutes
45. Using Phenomena to Engage Students

Using phenomena is a great way to engage your students but it can be so overwhelming trying to figure out... more

24 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
44. Engaging Small Classes: What to Do When You Only Have a Few Students

Managing large classes can be a challenge but engaging small classes can be equally as difficult. If you are struggling... more

17 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
43. How to Manage Large Classes: What to do When You Have WAY Too Many Students

If you’re looking at your class roster and feeling absolutely overwhelmed by the crazy numbers you are seeing, you’re not... more

10 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
42. What to Do if You Hate What You Teach

Are you stuck teaching a class or a grade that you absolutely hate teaching? You’re not alone! I’ve been there... more

03 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
41. 4 Practical Tips for Building Relationships with Your High School Students

You know that building relationships with your students is crucial. You know it leads to more memorable learning experiences but... more

26 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
40. How to Reach EVERY Learner in Your Classroom

As teachers, we know how important it is to reach every student that walks into our classroom. But how do... more

19 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
39. Organization Tips for Your Science Classroom

Do you LOVE organizing your space or does the thought of it send you running the other way? Are you... more

12 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
38. A Beginning of the year PEP TALK

The school year is approaching and we could all use a pep talk, especially after the past 3 years! We... more

05 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
37. Teaching Physics and FUN with Guest Michelle Brosseau

Does the thought of teaching physics for the first time stress you out? Do demos and labs seem overwhelming? My... more

29 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
36. Teaching Anatomy: 5 Tips for the Best Year EVER!

Are you teaching Anatomy for the first time or have you taught it before but don’t feel super confident teaching... more

22 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
35. Competency, Classroom Management, Teaching Chemistry and MORE with Guest Zach Matson

Wouldn’t it be nice to get some honest insights and tips from an amazing chemistry teacher with an INSANE amount... more

15 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
34. Teaching Biology - 4 Things NOT to Do

Whether you know what classes you are teaching next year already or if you are waiting for your schedule, I... more

08 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
33. 5 Mistakes to Avoid at the Beginning of the School Year

Setting up for a successful school year starts on day 1. I have made my fair share of mistakes when... more

01 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
32. Student-Centered Pedagogy: One Way to Start

Are you thinking that shifting to student centered pedagogy sounds great, but way too time consuming and overwhelming to do... more

25 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
31. Student Centered Pedagogy: How to do It

Do you feel overwhelmed when thinking about shifting to student centered pedagogy? Does the thought of redoing EVERYTHING stress you... more

18 Jul 2022 · 28 minutes
30. Student-Centered Pedagogy: Why Make the Shift

Better serving your students while less is required of you? Sounds amazing, right? If you’re ready to make that happen,... more

11 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
29. Student-Centered Pedagogy: What it is

Ready to get off the stage and be in the audience with your students during your classes? That’s what we’re... more

04 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
28. Using Summer Productively

Summer is here which means you can finally rest after the long and demanding school year! We know the routine... more

27 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
27. How the Secondary Science Simplified Course Helped This New Teacher with Guest Rachel Carter

“Do it! What are you waiting for…it’s a game changer! It’s made my life so much easier.” This is the... more

20 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
26. Leaving Work at Work

What are your worst work habits? This month, I’m getting open and honest about all the bad work habits I... more

13 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
25. The Importance of Proactivity

During my first few years as a teacher, I developed some bad habits simply because I had so much to... more

06 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
24. A Look Inside the Secondary Science Simplified Course with 14-Year Teacher, Nikki Pryor

Like many teachers who have been in the classroom these last few years, today’s guest is a passionate educator who... more

30 May 2022 · 52 minutes
23. Ending the Year Strong by Setting Summer Rocks and Boundaries

We are wrapping up this month’s "Ending the Year Strong" series with my favorite strategy…how you can set up rocks... more

23 May 2022 · 15 minutes
22. Ending the Year Strong by Resetting Your Classroom

Believe it or not, the end of the school year is the perfect time to reset your classroom! After a... more

16 May 2022 · 14 minutes
21. Ending the Year Strong by Auditing Your Lessons

What can you do now with a little bit of effort that will serve “future you” 5 times over? Summer... more

09 May 2022 · 15 minutes
20. Ending the Year Strong by Reflecting on Your Procedures

What if I told you it’s possible to end the year strong and prepare for the year ahead so that... more

02 May 2022 · 15 minutes
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“Do it! What are you waiting for…it’s a game changer! It’s made my life so much easier.” This is the message today’s... more