You’re at the whiteboard explaining the physics chapter to your students and you’re noticing quite a few of them nodding off. It’s frustrating because you feel like you’re wasting your breath on them. You just can’t get them interested. Don’t worry, it happens to many teachers. It can be hard to make a subject like […]
What is the Higgs Boson Particle?
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.
Catapult Activity – Ready. Aim. Fire!
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 […]
Refraction Demonstration – Scooter Style
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. […]
Science In The News
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 […]
Creative Video Assignment
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 […]