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Switch Classroom is a trusted source for non-partisan, data-driven, teacher-created energy lessons and activities. In fact, 98% of our users find the information provided by Switch Classroom to be very trustworthy. Through this blog, we will share teaching strategies and tips for using Classroom from our Teacher Advisory Council, as well as insights from energy and education experts. For further information or to provide feedback, please contact us at classroom.support@switchon.org.

NEW! Switch Classroom Alignment Guides

July 13, 2023

Switch Classroom is thrilled to announce the release of five new alignment guides, providing educators with valuable resources to seamlessly integrate our activities and lessons into their 5th-12th grade courses. These alignment guides also showcase how Switch Classroom aligns with various rigorous standards, including AP Environmental Science, IB Environmental Systems & Societies, and NGSS (Next…

Using Switch Classroom for High School Chemistry

September 8, 2022

I teach Chemistry at an inner city school in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chemistry is sometimes hard for students to understand. After we have covered mole conversions (stoichiometry), my students are tired and need a break from the hard math involved in chemistry. After discovering the Switch Classroom two years ago and using it in my AP Environmental…

Using Switch Classroom in High School Physics

August 24, 2022

Switch, the full-length documentary, has been a regular component of my AP Environmental course since I received my first copy of the DVD over ten years ago. I was impressed by the balanced and fact-based tone of the film which is often hard to come by when presenting environmental issues. A couple of years later, I learned…

Teaching Energy to Gifted and Talented Elementary School Students with Switch Classroom

August 3, 2022

I teach 3rd through 5th grade Gifted and Talented students. The gifted students at my school meet once a month for an hour, we do this six times a year. At the first meeting with the students I introduce them to an organization called The NEED Project. NEED introduces my students to all things energy and provides…

Using Switch Classroom to Prepare for AP Exams

July 20, 2022

Let’s Get Ready to Test! Many students struggle with math in science, even in AP science courses! Even though calculators can be used on the APES exam, math skills are still one of biggest weaknesses for students. The scores and data from the exam show many students will skip questions requiring calculations. Being an AP…

Teaching Tools that Work: Energy Debate and Classroom Competition

July 7, 2022

I teach both AP Environmental Science and Earth/Environmental Science in a coastal North Carolina school district. Many of the students that attend Topsail High School are innately drawn to the outdoors and spend most of their time on our nearby beaches. Despite our community being one that has a vested interest in protecting our environment,…

Using Switch Classroom as Scaffolding for AP Environmental Science Curriculum

June 22, 2022

I teach AP Environmental Science in a small town in Indiana.  Our high school is about 900 students in grades 9-12 and we offer several AP courses. I teach AP Environmental and several other courses.  I have used the Project/Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum from Lucas Education for the last 9 years.  The AP approved…

Using Switch Classroom with “Bell Ringers” in an AP Environmental Science Class

June 8, 2022

One of the biggest challenges that any teacher can face is getting students to settle down and focus at the beginning of class. One way to address this is through the use of bell ringer activities. A bell ringer activity could consist of a question, small activity, or a problem that is displayed on the…

Using Switch Classroom for Middle School Science

January 24, 2022

I teach 7th and 8th grade science at Avalon K-12 on Catalina Island, the only rural school in the Long Beach Unified School District. I use a district-provided curriculum in my classes which covers energy, but I wanted students to learn about how we consume energy on a larger scale so they could grasp the…

New Year, New Switch Classroom

January 10, 2022

Happy New Year, from Switch Energy Alliance! We hope that you were able to take some time over the winter holidays to rest and recharge. 2021 was a year full of challenges, especially for teachers and students. Some went back to school in-person for the first time in a year, some continued to teach or…

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