Ecology, Data Analysis, and Pen Pals

I’ve been poking around online looking for interesting projects involving data analysis, and I’ve come across some write ups of projects involving cemetery demography.  There’s a lot of potential here – it’s an interesting intersection of ecology, medical science, and social studies.  And, from a practical point of view, the appeal of a biology field … More Ecology, Data Analysis, and Pen Pals

High School Biology: Can Tissue Culture be Done in a Dining Room?

Can tissue culture be done successfully in a New York City dining room?  I don’t know yet, but I’m going to start working on an answer to this question next week.  My feelings about this upcoming lab can be summed up with two words – “excitement” and “trepidation.” The students I’ll be doing this lab … More High School Biology: Can Tissue Culture be Done in a Dining Room?

Minimester Musings: Clocks and Motors

These days, it’s common for kids to learn about coding and 3D printing. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad kids are studying coding and printing.  These are important subjects.  However, I don’t think they should be the only exposure students get to technology during their educations.  Unfortunately, hand-on exposure to physical technology is relatively … More Minimester Musings: Clocks and Motors

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

Minimester Musings: Human Evolution and Paleontology

One of the trends in independent school education that I’m noticing with great interest is the minimester.  A minimester (which can also go by a variety of other names) is break during the regular academic calendar when short, intensive courses are offered.  I’ve been thinking about what minimester courses I’d like to offer if I … More Minimester Musings: Human Evolution and Paleontology

High School Biology: The Nervous System

This series of lessons is for my SAT level biology class.  As you can see from the bibliography, I have drawn from a wide variety of resources to create a well-balanced unit that includes guided exploration, inquiry, model-building, and learning from original research done by others. I have found that the peer-review process can create … More High School Biology: The Nervous System

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