Welcome to the Switch Classroom Blog!

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.

Using Switch Classroom for High School Chemistry

September 8, 2022

Teacher Advisory Council member Trisa Swenson describes how she uses Switch Classroom materials to make chemistry easier for her high school students. 

Using Switch Classroom in High School Physics

August 24, 2022

TAC Member Lynn Kistler describes how she uses Switch Classroom materials to teach her high school physics students about electricity

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

August 3, 2022

In this edition of the Teacher Advisory Council blog TAC member Julie Valsaint describes how she uses Switch Classroom material to teach gifted elementary school students about energy by describing some of the lessons and activities she uses to bring scientific energy concepts to life for her students. 

Using Switch Classroom to Prepare for AP Exams

July 20, 2022

In this edition of the Teacher Advisory Council blog, TAC Member Sabrina Ewald describes how she uses Switch Classroom to help her students build the necessary skills to tackle math and science free response questions on AP Exams that many students frequently skip. 

Teaching Tools that Work: Energy Debate and Classroom Competition

July 7, 2022

In this edition of the TAC Blog teacher Ben Schosek describes how he uses Switch Classroom materials to create a fun and interactive activity where students debate different energy topics and learn new things about energy and energy sources through debate and competition. 

Using Switch Classroom as Scaffolding for AP Environmental Science Curriculum

June 22, 2022

In this edition of the Switch classroom blog TAC member Kathy Daniels describes how she uses Switch Classroom to help supplement AP Environmental Science curriculum to help provide her students with a more in-depth learning experience. 

Using Switch Energy with “Bell ringers” in an AP Environmental Science class

June 8, 2022

Teacher Advisory Council Member Chris Hill gives an example of how to use the free curriculum in Switch Classroom for exciting bell ringer activities that he uses in his AP Environmenal Science Class to help get students engaged at the beginning of classes. 

Using Switch Classroom for Middle School Science

January 24, 2022

Switch Classroom is a versatile online learning platform that is appropriate for a variety of grade levels. In this blog post, TAC member James Corboy describes how he uses Switch Classroom in his 7th and 8th grade science classes and gives tips for how to give students both a local and global perspective on energy issues. 

New Year, New Switch Classroom

January 10, 2022

Happy New Year from Switch Energy Alliance! We are thrilled to announce updates to the Switch Classroom platform to improve user experience, as well as exciting new activities that have been added to our curriculum just in time for the Spring 2022 semester. At SEA, one of our goals is to make teaching and learning about energy accessible and easy for everyone in order to create a more energy-educated future!

Energy Resolutions For The New Year

December 16, 2021

With the end of 2021 approaching, Teacher Advisory Council Chair Lynn Kistler is making plans for the New Year, including ways to be more efficient in her energy usage. This blog post contains a few tips as well as lessons from the Sustainability and Conservation Unit on Switch Classroom.

Switch Classroom Goes to NSTA!

November 29, 2021

Switch Classroom went on the road to introduce our data-driven, non-partisan energy curriculum to educators face-to-face for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started. TAC Member Ruthann McComb gives an overview of her experience at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) regional conference in National Harbor, Maryland and shares the Switch Classroom lessons that were showcased during the conference. You can also look for Switch Classroom at the next NSTA conference in December!

Giving Thanks for Safe, Reliable Energy

November 4, 2021

In preparation for the Thanksgiving season in the United States, TAC Chair Lynn Kistler reflects on something that many of us take for granted -- safe, reliable energy. This blog post includes a list of lessons from Switch Classroom to start a conversation about energy availability and energy poverty with your students.

How Discovering Switch Classroom is Like Giving a Mouse a Cookie.

October 21, 2021

Switch Classroom provides educators with a wealth of knowledge and resources to help them teach about energy in their classes. In this blog post, TAC member (2019 - 2021) Rachel Petrik-Finley describes how learning about energy with Switch Classroom is like giving a mouse a cookie, and provides a list of lessons on Classroom to help teachers get started.

Energy Decisions Are Hard - Switch Classroom Can Help!

October 7, 2021

Introducing the new Switch Classroom Blog! In this introductory post, Switch Energy Alliance Teacher Advisory Council Chair Lynn Kistler gives an overview of Switch Classroom and how it can help teachers have informed conversations about energy with their students. She also gives a preview of what future blog posts will have to offer.  


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