Getting a job as a teacher is brutal let me tell you. I live in Ontario Canada and right now we are undergoing a terrible stretch where it’s almost impossible to find a job. Not only are there few positions but the competition for those jobs is immense with many excellent and fully qualified teachers […]
An inspiring Ted Talk by Tyler DeWitt that will get you thinking about your approach to teaching.
Really clever look at the size of an atom. Featured on Ted Talks, this video will give your students an excellent perspective of atomic sizes in a fun and entertaining way.
Wow what an amazing idea to teach the history of the atom to students with learning difficulties. Not only the atom but this method of teaching can be applied to any number of teaching topics. Please have a read, at the very least you will get an amazing way to teach the history of the […]
Students from low-income households are more likely to struggle with engagement—for seven reasons. This posting was originally posted by http://www.ascd.org and can be found HERE: Poverty is an uncomfortable word. I’m often asked, “What should I expect from kids from low-income households?” Typically, teachers are unsure what to do differently. Just as the phrase middle class tells us little about […]
Teachers should always be trying to improve their teaching technique. By staying current, teachers will more effectively reach their students and provide the best educational opportunities possible. This posting was originally posted by teachthought.com and can be found HERE: If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t […]
I came across this game from one of my peers and think it’s really awesome. In fact I have been using this regularly this year as a fun and creative way to review before a test. So far I have used it prior to my grade 10 chemistry and biology test using the practice questions […]
I do my best to keep things relevant and interesting in the classroom, the moto of my blog is application through engagement! When I came across this article I thought it was perfect not just because it incorporated the science of cognition but it was 100% relevant to every single kid in my class. Many […]
While teaching middle school as well as grade 9 and 10 science, the topic of fireworks always seems to come up when we discuss chemical reactions. Everyone loves fireworks but for many, they truly are works of magic in the sky because the science behind them is so poorly understood. I came across this article […]
“Real learning requires doing, not listening, or observing only. Yet what do we find in every public school and university? Teachers talking, talking and talking while students listen, daydream and doze. We call this lecture.” That is a segment from the article below and it really hits home with me because I know that I […]
I came across this activity for teaching the phases of the Moon and thought it was amazing. Here’s a look at the finished product and also some details so that you can implement this activity in your classroom – CLICK HERE. Want some more classroom activities? Teaching the Phases of the Moon Grudgeball […]
This posting was originally posted by Education World and can be found HERE: Technology can be used to engage students in ways that other tools cannot. So what are the most fun or creative ways principals have seen teachers use the technology they have at hand? That’s the question we asked the principals who comprise […]
In keeping with my sites theme of providing an insight into getting kids engaged through the use of classroom concept application, I’ve come across a new site which I feel does a great job. It uses videos to showcase how various topics in science are employed in the real world. Examples include Bone Density […]
This posting was originally posted by Education World Especially where I live it’s so difficult to get a teaching job these days. Therefore, here is the first post dedicated to helping you find that elusive position. Have a plan, a portfolio, and a good attitude! That’s just some of the […]
I’d like to pass along a really great site I came across today. It’s still growing but I think the potential is there and it’s already got some fantastic animations and videos including a heart animation which does a good job showing how blood flows inside the heart. http://www.explania.com/en Fergy
We’ve all heard it. Students are baffled by why they need to learn algebra, the periodic table or why light bends when it enters water. “Who cares” one rather eloquent student put it during my latest grade 10 optics lesson “when will I ever need to calculate the index of refraction”. Why do we need […]
I came across this website and wanted to share. It’s an excellent collection of “short accessible booklets on the major global microbiological health issues.” Excellent educational reference material. The booklets include: Factfile_Cholera Factfile_Climate_Change Factfile_Cold_Wars Factfile_Influenza Factfile_HIV_AIDS Factfile_Malaria Factfile_Swine_Flu Factfile_TB SGM_Factfiles_Set Click here to be directed to the original page.
When I teach refraction in my optics unit I find the students have a really hard time understanding why the waves change direction. I explain that it’s because one side starts moving slower relative to the other causing it turn, similar to what occurs when a car has its two right wheels on the shoulder. […]
I know going through Teachers College and even into my own teaching career, I’ve always wanted a convenient place to access reputable teaching materials and references. I remember thinking that it would be great to have a book full of demonstrations, activities and lessons that I could use to jump start my teaching career. Many […]
This article was published by Scholastic.com. As a parent, you are the major provider of your child’s education from birth through adolescence. You guide the development of her character and mental health and help form the foundation from which she’ll develop lifelong attitudes and interests. And because your home is the primary environment in which […]
Came across this great site which overviews a variety of technologies teachers can utilize in the classroom.
I really like to get my students connecting what we are learning in class with the real world. This creates engagement and further answers the question I addressed prior of “Why are we learning this? We will never use it in real life”. One way that I do this is by getting them to review different […]
This article was published by Scientific American and was written by Geoffrey L. Cohen, Julio Garcia and Ferris Jabr on May 22nd, 2013 In this month’s Scientific American science writer Ed Yong explores new research on stereotype threat—the fear of confirming derogatory stereotypes about one’s social group. Such anxiety can undermine people’s performance in school, sports and the […]
This is my most effective assessment item and it can be converted with little effort to suit any subject or grade level. I have used this project for grade 9-12 science classes as well as a grade 10 mathematics class. For an example of what can be produced, please view the video below. For a more detailed […]
Misconceptions are one of the most difficult things we as educators face. “It is only reasonable that students would not accept a new idea without first feeling that their existing views are unsatisfactory in some way” (NARST). Due to many factors including time restraints, lack of creativity and laziness, many teachers simply tell their students […]
“Modern practice shows that new conceptions arrived at over time or through guided inquiry and student discourse are in fact stable and do in fact come to replace old conceptions” (Mason, 2006). Engagement through application is my moto and therefore, as an educator I feel that it’s vitally important to expose my students to content-related […]
Human Digestion Demonstration – The Bread In The Bag. In the first post, I talked about a demonstration I use with my science class to show what digestion looks (and feels) like in the mouth. Click here to read Part 1. In this post, I will be talking about a digestion demonstration I use to […]
Do you really want to show your students what digestion looks like? Do you want really interesting digestion demonstrations? These hands-on digestion demonstrations are extremely simple to do and show clearly what happens to food between the time it enters your mouth until it passes into your small intestine. The student reactions are great and […]