Category Archive: Ideas

Apr 29

We lost the stars…

In the ever advancement of society and technology, we often forget to stop and think about what we have lost. As I was watching the most recent of episode of Cosmos (“Sisters of the Sun”), Neil deGrasse Tyson mentioned that we lost the stars with the advent of electric lights. The other day as we …

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Apr 27

Funding Inspiration

I received a letter in my post box yesterday from a student in my neighborhood. It made me sad. It reminded me of how difficult it is to fully fund inspiring activities for students in our school systems. The letter explained that two teams from our local middle school (not where I teach) won the …

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Apr 15

The Great Rock Mix Up: NSTA Edition

NSTA: the National Science Teachers Association holds conferences each year: three regional area conferences each fall, a large national conference in early spring, and a STEM forum in May. This year, I had the chance for the first time to attend a national convention and to present (twice!). I have previously shared my Great Rock …

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Apr 13

Data: It’s a four letter word

I love data. I love numbers. I love collecting data, analyzing it, drawing conclusion, finding new questions, and exploring all over again. I love data. Without data, science would be difficult to communicate. Data is beautiful. Numbers explain the world around us and help us make sense of our daily lives. I remember the first …

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Aug 17

Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” There are times when I am sitting in meetings at school or reading articles about education that these lines from Princess BrideĀ float around in my mind. The education sector is known for its “edubabble” as we make up words …

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Feb 04

What’s the word?

My students are currently engrossed in a new iPhone/Android game called What’s the Word? In each level of the game, you are presented with four photos, a set of letter space boxes, and eleven letters to help you spell out the word. The four pictures represent the word in some way. Some of them are …

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Aug 04

What’s your reputation?

I was reminded this week that we all have a reputation. When you work in a school, it’s just a fact. People will talk about you – parents, students, other teachers, administrators, etc. Even though I knew this in theory, it wasn’t something I have really spent a lot of time considering. During pre-planning and …

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