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Pete Barnes

Fifth-Grade Science Teacher

Pete Barnes teaches fifth-grade science in New Albany, Ohio. He has 22 years of teaching experience in Ohio, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Pete is co-chair of his school’s science fair, runs the Elementary Science Olympiad team, manages the greenhouse, and runs the school recycling program. In his free time Pete enjoys cycling, playing guitar, and traveling with his wife and two children.


  • Online Learning

    How to Make Remote or Hybrid Math and Science Instruction Engaging

    Take advantage of online resources and simple experiments students can do at home to keep them learning in all teaching scenarios.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Why I Stay in Teaching

    A veteran teacher shares the motivations that have driven his work with students for more than two decades.
  • Standardized Testing

    A Game-Based Approach to Test Prep

    Tying fun goals to standardized test preparation helps students stay focused as they review several months’ worth of content.
  • Teacher Development

    Keeping Your Passion for Teaching Alive

    A veteran educator shares how he maintains his enthusiasm for teaching after more than two decades in the classroom.
  • Environmental Education

    Outdoor Adventures With Students

    Exploring nature with elementary students can be memorable and fun with a little advance planning and preparation.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How Can We Survive on Mars?

    A fifth-grade project-based learning unit harnesses excitement about Mars to develop science, math, engineering, and literacy skills.

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