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Denise Scribner

Denise Scribner has been teaching both formally in schools and informally with nonprofits since 1976. She has spent the past nine years at Eisenhower High School in Goddard, Kansas, teaching Ecology, Biology, and Forensic Science to grades 9-12. She holds a B.S. in secondary education from Emporia State University and is Kansas licensed and certified in biology, zoology, and physical education. Denise has been nationally published, has presented at numerous professional development workshops, and has been recognized with copious awards and honors. She is the 2016 winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest recognition that a K12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

Recent Posts

Modeling Phenomena for Next Generation Science Standards

Posted by Denise Scribner on Thu, Apr 6, 2017

Image by Scott Robinson

If you’ve looked into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), you may have found that there are several standard points indicating that students should learn about models as well as work with them. You have probably already recognized the importance of models since they are an effective way to explain complex phenomena, yet there are a lot of misconceptions as to what a model truly is.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, Labdisc, STEM

Why Hands-On Experiments Are Important

Posted by Denise Scribner on Tue, Mar 7, 2017

 “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  - Aristotle


As teachers, we know our students learn in many different ways: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and social. But most of us teach the way we're most comfortable—and that's not necessarily the way our students learn. It's a missed opportunity if we don't use the way that a student learns best to hook them and get them excited about learning.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, 21st Century Skills, Labdisc, STEM

The Importance of STEM: Real-World Experimentation and Our Future

Posted by Denise Scribner on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Our Troubled World Requires a Skilled STEM Workforce
Elements of STEM are integral to our nation’s economy – from health care to infrastructure needs, energy, and the environment. That’s why one of the most important tasks we have as educators is to encourage our students to consider careers in STEM. To get them to that point, they need to develop the ability to question and plan ways through experimentation to find viable solutions.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, curriculum, Project-Based Learning

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