Minimester Musings: Writing and Illustrating Science Books for Children

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve become quite intrigued by the idea of the minimester recently.  It’s a fascinating idea and I can’t help but think about minimester classes I’d like to offer.  The title of the class I’m describing here is Writing and Illustrating Science Books for Children. I envision this project … More Minimester Musings: Writing and Illustrating Science Books for Children

Middle School STEAM: Mobius Strips and Mathematical Patterns

Mobius strips and related mathematical shapes (i.e., loops with more than just half a twist) are inherently fascinating.  Even better, there is a simple pattern that emerges when loops with different numbers of twists are cut down the middle.  Although the pattern is simple, it takes some effort to discover it, because of the messy, … More Middle School STEAM: Mobius Strips and Mathematical Patterns

Middle School Biology: DNA Structure

It’s not easy, but making DNA out of beads is a rewarding way to ensure that students never forget the basic structure of the DNA double helix.  I didn’t invent this by any stretch of the imagination – I got the beading instructions from a very clear website, http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/connections/genetics/beadproject/astepone.html.  For me as a teacher, the … More Middle School Biology: DNA Structure