Student perspective

We had a test today. Afterwards, I asked students to write three words on an index card that describe me as a teacher. Here is the result.   (I think it’s funny how many put unicorn. Just goes to show the power of a class joke.) It was nice to see that every word written… Continue reading Student perspective

Ocean Floor Models

One of our standards states that students should model the features of the ocean floor. Last year, I decided to incorporate the modeling process into a project. Basically, students are instructed to create a model of ocean floor features (continental shelf, continental slope, abyssal plain, trench, mid-ocean ridge, seamount, and volcanic island). The model must… Continue reading Ocean Floor Models

Reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards

The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is open for review and feedback until January 29th, so you have just over a week to read and comment. if you are a science educator, scientist, engineer, or just all around science lover interested in the advancement of science education, I highly recommend you read… Continue reading Reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards

Just Dance!

Last weekend, I was surfing for ideas to teach weathering, erosion and deposition in new and exciting ways. I was surprised to find a bank of lessons from the San Diego Unified School District integrating science with the arts – especially dance. It got the gears in my brain turning. I have several girls in… Continue reading Just Dance!