This Week in Science – June 1, 2018

  Here's the latest edition of This Week in Science! It includes: a desperate plea for some unused goods bonus feature showing one way we close class time lapses galore! Enjoy!

This Week in Science – 5.25.18

This edition includes: kickoff to our Human Impact project a shoutout to Jane Goodall first and second period Thanks for watching!  

This Week in Science – May 18, 2018

This edition of This Week in Science includes: food webs, food webs, and more food webs gymnastics fourth and fifth period (first and second will be next week) Enjoy!

Breaking Silence

Today in school, I was silent. For the second year in a row, I participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a student-led event that happens in schools across the country, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ+ name-calling, bullying, and harassment. Students (and teachers) from middle school to college … Continue reading Breaking Silence

Move to the Middle

Recently, I wrote a little about a concept I’m playing around with called Highly Responsive Teaching. Basically, it is centered around the idea that the teacher “moves to the middle”. I first heard of this phrase in Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis, where they talk about being the link that connects people … Continue reading Move to the Middle

The Plan is Not to Plan

The school year is off and running, and I couldn’t be happier with my new batch of scientists. They are an eager bunch with a lot of great skills, and I cannot wait to see where they go. One of the things I find most fun about being a teacher is having to adapt to … Continue reading The Plan is Not to Plan

Creating a Culture

I often catch myself looking around my room and thinking, “This is awesome. This is exactly what it should be.” Granted, I don’t feel this way every day. There are definitely some rough patches and some whirlwind hours. The wonderful adolescents that I work with are bound to have a few not-so-wonderful days (both individually … Continue reading Creating a Culture

The Struggle is Real

My students are starting a project this week that I am incredibly excited about. It’s a physics project where they identify a real-world problem and design a solution to it. I’ve done if for the past for years, it is so unbelievably cool, and I cannot wait for them to get started.   Knowing this … Continue reading The Struggle is Real

All in How You Frame It

In a recent conversation in my room, we talked about the connections between the students' language arts class and science class. We were on the cusp of a major project that has communication as its main objective (a skill that is very important to acquire for scientists of all ages). We started with the why … Continue reading All in How You Frame It

Get Out of the Way

Today, I took a moment out of each of my classes to stop and look around the room.  Everywhere, there was activity and discussion, invention and debate, as well as reflection and perseverance happening in droves.  Heads were focused on their work, hands were pointing or gesturing in explanation, and exclamations of excitement were happening … Continue reading Get Out of the Way