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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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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 it. Everyone... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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
19. Collaboration, Classroom Management, Career Changes and MORE with Guest Jamie Whitlock

When I first started this podcast, I knew I would love to interview my dear friend and past... more

25 Apr 2022 · 58 minutes
18. What to Do After End of Year Testing with Students

What do you do with that awkward, random amount of time you have after end-of-year testing is over? Whether you... more

18 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
17. Celebrating Earth Day in Your Secondary Science Classes

For the month of April, I'm doing podcast episodes all based on your questions and requests. I love making episodes... more

11 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
16. 5 Strategies for Pain-Free Sub Plans

Over the next few weeks, I'm doing a series of episodes based on listener requests. I love hearing from you... more

04 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
15. Teaching Seniors, AP Biology, and MORE with Diana Price

What better way to top off our mini-series on Senioritis than an interview with a teacher who has taught... more

28 Mar 2022 · 44 minutes
14. Combating Senioritis Part 3: Saving the Best for Last

I’ve saved the best for last! In episode 12 and episode 13 I shared tips for combating senioritis as it... more

21 Mar 2022 · 12 minutes
13. Combating Senioritis Part 2: Using Student-Centered Activities

Fighting students for their attention is the last thing you want to do when combating Senioritis. The more choices we... more

14 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
12. Combating Senioritis Part 1: Getting Students Outside and Changing up Lecture

As the weather starts changing and the days are getting longer, Spring Fever starts to set in. I call it... more

07 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
11. Balancing Multiple Preps with Sam Holcomb of Engineer Does Education

I am so excited to introduce today’s guest, Sam Holcomb. Sam is sharing tips and strategies from her own experience... more

28 Feb 2022 · 36 minutes
10. Balancing Multiple Preps: How to Manage Grading

Balancing multiple preps can be one of the most challenging things for a secondary science teacher to do, but it’s... more

21 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
9. Balancing Multiple Preps: How to Lesson Plan

Being strategic with your time is always important for teachers who want to maximize their energy, but when you have... more

14 Feb 2022 · 15 minutes
8. Balancing Multiple Preps: Where to Focus Your Energy

How do you do all the things you want to do as a secondary science teacher while balancing multiple preps?... more

07 Feb 2022 · 25 minutes
7. Making 1D Lessons 3D with Skipper Coates of Real Ms. Frizzle

What’s the difference between a 1-Dimensional classroom and a 3-Dimensional classroom, and how does a 3D classroom benefit our students?... more

31 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
6. Engaging Students in Lecture

Lectures don’t have to be boring! In fact, they can be engaging and effective when used correctly in a classroom... more

24 Jan 2022 · 19 minutes
5. Engaging Your Students - Without Exhausting Yourself

Do you find yourself wishing that teaching science could be fun without being exhausting? It's absolutely possible! Labs are one... more

17 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
4. Engaging Your Students - In the First 5 Minutes of Class

Can the first 5 minutes of class really set the tone for the entire period? Absolutely! I believe the first... more

10 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
3. Midyear Reset Part 2

In episode two, I discussed ways to reset the physical classroom space and the way you relate to and manage... more

03 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
2. Midyear Classroom Reset Part 1

Have you ever had one of those school years where you wanted to start the summer countdown in January? Trust... more

03 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
1. The Story of It's Not Rocket Science®️ and Secondary Science Simplified™️

Welcome to the very first official episode of Secondary Science Simplified! To kick things off, I’m sharing a bit about... more

03 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
Welcome to Secondary Science Simplified!

If you're drowning in lab reports and struggling to find time for anything besides work, I've got some great news... more

22 Nov 2021 · 1 minute
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4. Engaging Your Students - In the First 5 Minutes of Class
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Can the first 5 minutes of class really set the tone for the entire period? Absolutely! I believe the first 5 minutes... more