Classroom Management and Reflecting on What I’ve Learned

It isn’t often that I reflect back on my first year of teaching (2002-2003), but I found myself doing just that this week. That first year, I was teaching 9th grade environmental science in the Bronx.  I decided to start with a study of the Bronx River.  Since understanding the water cycle is an important … More Classroom Management and Reflecting on What I’ve Learned

Materials Management: The Mini-Pond

It might seem counter-intuitive, but keeping some stocks of living organisms around can make materials management for biology classes much easier.  One of my favorite tools is a mini-pond that I keep on a windowsill. It is a simple lidded plastic box (originally a small animal carrier) without any filters, pumps, heaters, or artificial lights.  … More Materials Management: The Mini-Pond