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
I just got this email, and I feel very proud of my student. It’s probably too small to read easily on your screen, so here’s what it says: Jessie, I just wanted to let you know that XXX did amazing on the test (!!). he was in the 99% in BOTH tests. In qualitative he … More SCAT Tutoring: Success!
I’m currently teaching a middle school STEAM class and as part of that I’m incorporating math games into the curriculum. I’ve been very happy with how this has been going. Students are fully engaged in both playing the games and finding mathematical patterns to describe winning strategies. Furthermore, all of the students are able to … More Minimester Musings: Math Games
Several classes ago, I introduced a Graham cracker protection unit to my middle school STEAM class. This initial activity was a Graham cracker drop – i.e., just like an egg drop, but 1000% less messy. After the first Graham cracker drop we had a class discussion about why some devices were more effective than others and … More Middle School STEAM: Technical Drawing
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