Do you know anyone who has had the measles? What about mumps? Do you know of anyone who has ever known anyone who has had either? No? What about polio? You can thank vaccines. But I heard someone say doesn’t it cause autism? The only paper to ever link autism with vaccinations was proven to be […]
http://goo.gl/PivRFV The Arizona Bark Scorpion is perhaps the most dangerous scorpion in North America. It’s venom can cause severe pain in adult humans, immobilizing and potentially causing convulsions. Many people say it’s similar to getting a bad electric shock. Some also experience swelling of the area, frothing of the mouth, and respiratory failure. Despite its […]
I find myself overloaded with information on a daily basis since like most people with young children, I’m up and going from 6 A.M. until they’re in bed just after 8. I find taking a small break can be just what I need to keep from losing focus and becoming unproductive. That’s not to say […]
Please pay attention as there will be a test when you are done. The tricky thing about colour blindness is that many people don’t know they are colour blind until they get tested (40% of colour blind pupils currently leaving secondary school are unaware that they are colour blind – http://www.colour-blindness.com/general/prevalence/). Why would they? They naturally […]
For all of you who enjoy a good Venn Diagram, there’s an App for that. Watch the tutorial below then click on the image on your right to be directed to the iTunes Store to download this free teaching tool.
What’s the coolest demonstration I do in class? What gets the kids out of their seats and screaming for more? Methane bubbles, methane bubbles, methane bubbles!!! Picture this… You put some water and hand soap into a funnel and turn on the gas all while discussing about the four types of chemical reactions previously covered. […]
The Higgs Boson Particle has gotten a lot of media attention these days but what is it? If your interested in the Higgs Boson Particle but don’t really know what it is, this is a real good explanation from the New York Times.
Really good video – have your kids watch it before/during a space unit or just as a breather.
How great would this be as an inquiry project, something to introduce projectile motion, or just as a really cool activity in the classroom. The Catapult is great for all ages. A colleague who has used this activity sent me her lab, if you’re interested, please have a look at the activity as it would really […]
I’ve been teaching for a few years now and there have been many ups and downs. There were times when my class would get out of hand or there would be an incidence that needed dealing with right away and at times I was prepared and during others, I was less so. However, what I’ve […]
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This posting was originally posted by mashable.com and can be found HERE: If you’re interested in losing weight and aren’t afraid of having your brain controlled by a laser beam through your eyeballs, then science has the perfect solution for you. In a recent study involving mice, scientists think they have discovered the part of the brain […]
Dear Science, This is not an easy letter to write. You know I love you very much, and I’ve always been a huge fan of yours. But this is getting ridiculous, Science. It’s 2013. I want you to know that I am not writing this letter from the moon right now. I want you acutely […]
Click here to see a collection of some of the funnier things I’ve found online, all of which pertaining to science. Ready, set, nerd it up!!!!
I’m not a comedian nor do I play one on TV, I am a teacher and as a teacher I need to bring my subject to life and usually the best way to do that is through storytelling, humor and enthusiasm! If you can make your kids laugh, you know they’re paying attention. This […]
So I’ve finally done it, I got myself on Facebook. If you are a fellow Facebooker, I would greatly appreciate a visit and a follow on my page. My page can be found here:
Technology is vitally important in today’s classroom as we need to keep up with the knowledge and interests of our tech savy students. Kids today use twitter and facebook like we used email and home phones. Their cell phones are 10x more powerful then the computers we used in […]
Ah pancakes, who doesn’t love them? But do you know the science behind them? Do your students? Here is an amazing activity that could be done cross-curricular with your school’s Hospitality department or not (I’ve done both) and involves your students really getting into their assignment. I’ve also used it as a reading activity with […]
Please watch this video and tell me that it doesn’t at least make you smile 🙂
Teaching applicability to my students is my number one goal as an educator because if my students can see the applicability, they will be more willing to put in a greater effort. This is especially true in subjects such as math where students have a really hard time seeing where they will ever use this […]
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 […]