I just watched this video showing a scale model of our solar system, and I think it’s fabulous. I’m definitely using it with my Earth science classes.
This morning I got an email from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) about how science teachers perceive and teach climate change. They linked to a worthwhile article in Science that reports on how American teachers are addressing this topic. The short version is that science teachers are mostly pretty well informed about climate change and … More Global Climate Change
I’ve been thinking about differentiation in my classes a lot lately. I’m writing up this case study of a Regents-level Earth science class that I’m currently teaching as a way to think things through. I’d love feedback and suggestions, so if anyone reading this has thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave comments. The Students There … More Case Study in Differentiation
As part of our earthquake unit, I had my Earth science classes try to build “earthquake” resistant structures out of toothpicks and masking tape. Different groups had different substrates to build in – dry sand, wet sand, or dough – to model the effects of different types of ground on building stability during earthquakes. From … More Regents Earth Science: Engineering Challenge
I’ve done loads of field trips, and I love them. My first teaching job was with at the New Explorers High School in the Bronx – the theme of that school could essentially be summed up with the phrase “field trip.” I don’t remember how many school trips I participated in and/or led that year, … More Fantasy Field Trip: Fossils
This is the first year that I’ve taught in my own home, and I have to say, it’s going well. Class is a bit crowded, but the students are troopers and they are good at working together in close quarters. The photo below the aftermath from the experiment the kids are conducting in the previous … More Regents Earth Science: Teaching in My Living Room
My Earth science classes are well into their study of weather and climate. I’m using a (very exciting) curriculum called “Catastrophic Events” so we’re spending quite a bit of time thinking about tornadoes and hurricanes. Especially hurricanes. Hurricane Joaquin is heading towards NYC. It will probably not hit New York City directly, but we’ll almost … More Regents Earth Science: Studying Hurricanes During Hurricane Season