It’s the end of the school year, but for me, it’s more than that – it’s the end of an era. I’ve taught my last “real” group homeschool class (and there’s just one more regents review study session). It’s a strange feeling – I’m massively excited about my new job teaching science in a lovely … More The end of the year
The first trimester of this school year just finished and all of my group homeschool classes are now officially on vacation until January. It’s been an interesting few months. In many respects, I am very happy with how things are going. The “seriously academic” classes I have (i.e., the students were carefully screened for admission … More Reflections on the Past Trimester
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
One of the challenges of working in a non-traditional environment is storage. Since I am a homeschool science teacher I lack many of the facilities that most teachers take for granted – such as a dedicated classroom and a supply closet. Since I have to store most of my lab supplies in my apartment, I … More Materials Management: Science Storage
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
I don’t always travel to science classes with this much stuff… but yesterday, I did. The supplies in this cart were for high school biology and elementary school general science. Both lessons went well, so I suppose that it was worth the schlep.
I just got one of several shipments of science supplies that I’m expecting this fall. It’s exciting – I really like my new “toys”, especially the Circulatory System/STEM kit and the Nitrogen Cycle kit. Both of those look like they’re going to be great tools for promoting student thinking and learning. Plus, I got help … More Unpacking Science Supplies