In my most recent middle school STEAM class, we were working on bridge building. There were some absences, so it was a small class, but here they are showing off their final products, just before testing commenced. I actually took this photo for the homeschool yearbook, so it’s particularly unfortunate that not everyone was present, … More Middle School STEAM: Straw Bridges
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
I got this email earlier in the month, and boy, did it put a smile on my face. It might be hard to read, so here’s the text: XXX is literally jumping up and down with excitement tonight about pluripotent cells and the effect of hormones! Now she has your handouts all over her bed … More High School Biology: Success!
When I got to college, I had almost no exposure to geology. Sure, I’d taken Earth science in 8th grade but the sad truth is, my teacher that year was only a little more effective than a potted plant. Fortunately my textbook was good, and reading it on my own was how I managed to … More A Class I’d Like to Teach: High School Geology
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
One of the things I love about teaching in general, and teaching science in particular, is watching kids just sort of lose it when they make an exciting discovery. That’s been happening quite a bit recently in my elementary science class. (Excited squeals? Check. Jumping up and down? Check. Begging to take test strips home … More Elementary Science: Chemical Testing
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