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.
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?
My experience with the Beast Academy math books is limited, which isn’t surprising, since it’s such a new series that some of the books haven’t even been published yet. I hesitate to go out on a limb about a curriculum I’m not fully familiar with, but so far I love these books. They are playful … More Beast Academy Math
Yesterday, my elementary class made a model starch molecule as part of their unit on food chemistry. The model starch molecule is the pink construction paper chain that you see the children holding here. The children loved creating this model molecule – they were thrilled by the idea that starch could simultaneously be a large … More Elementary Science: Modeling Molecules
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