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Nancy Dibble

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United States - California - Fresno Area
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By Nancy Dibble
I wrote this project because I wanted my students to leave my chemistry classroom at the end of the school year with a full understanding that chemistry is fascinating, is important in "real life" every day situations and relates to everything in
Subjects:
Chemistry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
$1.50
7
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By Nancy Dibble
This is a "Ready-To-Go" 56 slide, Interactive PowerPoint Mole unit designed to capture your student's attention right from the beginning with an engaging, quick, critical thinking activity. This complete unit walks your students through the Mole
Subjects:
Chemistry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Examinations - Quizzes, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
$2.50
18
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By Nancy Dibble
Have you ever wanted to hold a debate with your students but you weren't sure how to go about it? I experimented over my teaching career with how to hold a successful class debate and modified my debate guidelines until I had just what I wanted.
Subjects:
Biology, Chemistry, Environment
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
$2.00
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By Nancy Dibble
Students "buy in" to this project right away because of the "sales" aspect. Some students have won the silent auction by selling a trip to what at first would seem like a "hard sell" biome, such as a hydrothermal vent or the desert. These student
Subjects:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects
FREE
12
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By Nancy Dibble
Can not knowing how to do dimensional analysis create a life-threatening situation?Hook your students into wanting to learn dimensional analysis by starting this lesson with the video of the true story of Air Canada Flight 143's emergency in the
Subjects:
Applied Math, Word Problems, Chemistry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Computation, PowerPoint Presentations
FREE
10
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By Nancy Dibble
This is a chemical bonding game that I created when I realized that my students were having challenges understanding why atoms bond and understanding the octet rule. I have played this now for many years with my students and they love it! This
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$2.50
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By Nancy Dibble
This Bonding Party Game is Part II of the original Bonding Party Game. I created this extension after the original game worked well with my students to help them understand the Octet Rule and how atoms bond. Since my students already knew how to
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3
$2.00
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By Nancy Dibble
My goal when I wrote this lesson was to take a real-life, engaging story and use it to stimulate students to want to learn chemistry! This lesson is about stable isotopes and radioactive isotopes and how this knowledge was essential to unlocking
Subjects:
Chemistry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Multimedia, Research, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.11-12.4, RST.11-12.7, RST.11-12.9
$1.50
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By Nancy Dibble
This activity gets students thinking, laughing and learning all at the same time! Students work through the "puzzle" of why there are left over atoms when they make an "unbalanced" cellular respiration reaction "go" using hands-on, paper models.
Subjects:
Chemistry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching keeps me thinking, learning and growing and that is why I love it! I have been teaching for over 40 years with 21 of those years in a formal classroom and 19 years in extra-curricular teaching areas. I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, AP Environmental Science, Senior Project Class, GATE Science, SDAIE Integrated Science, and Physical Science. The majority of my classroom teaching has been in low-income high schools where most of my students are second language learners. I have also had the opportunity to help design and start a project-based learning, charter school in Clovis, California. It was a tremendous learning experience to teach in an innovative, project-based learning environment for the 8 years that I worked at this school. I learned how to write an integrated project that included English and two Sciences, kept students engaged and on task and had relevance to real-world experiences. This experience forever changed how I design my lesson plans. I work diligently to include real-world applications in as much of my teaching as possible. I appreciate what my students have taught me and I continue to learn from them. They have taught me why they join gangs, why it is often difficult to stay in school, why they drop out, and what helps them succeed in the face of very difficult situations. I love to teach because it is a dynamic, reciprocal relationship between me, my students and my colleagues where I continue to learn more and more every day.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in the adage, "Learn by Doing." I do my best to make sure that I set up a learning environment where my students are "doing" as much as possible and I am the "coach" who is there to support them and guide their learning. I must then be willing and able to step back and allow the students to have "some" struggle without jumping in too quickly to solve their problems. It is a delicate balancing act moment by moment to determine when to help and when to let go. I also teach in a style where I realize that I must "open" a student's mind to want to learn the material first, before I begin to teach; I am always thinking about what the "hook" will be. This is why I plan all of my lessons with a "mind opening" activity and/or with a game/contest that is motivating.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Conservation Education Teacher of the Year-1993

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have an A.S. in Animal Science, a B.A. in Biological Sciences, an authorization in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Learning and the Brain.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I also enjoy training horses and dogs. There are many teaching principles that are the same throughout whether it is a human, a horse or a dog that is doing the learning.

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