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, where's my flying car?
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 […]
Ready, Set, Nerd it up!!!! Funny Science
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!!!!
Science Humor – keep your kids engaged!
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 […]
Fergy's Book of Faces
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:
Using online simulations in the classroom
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 […]
Chemistry Application – Pancakes
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 […]
A Thousand Bonds
Please watch this video and tell me that it doesn’t at least make you smile 🙂
Why studying calculus is important – even if you don’t use it
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 […]
How to find a teaching job
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 […]
Just How Small Is An Atom?
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.
Teaching the history of the atom in an interesting 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 […]
How low household income affects classroom engagement
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 […]
25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently
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 […]
Great Teachers Don't Teach
“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 […]
Tech & Teaching: Principals Share Best Uses of Classroom Technology
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 […]
Explanation Through Application
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 […]
Principals Offer Advice to Job Seekers
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 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.
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. […]
The Home-School Connection
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 […]
Technology for Teachers
Came across this great site which overviews a variety of technologies teachers can utilize in the classroom.
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 […]
How to Expel Hurtful Stereotypes from Classrooms across the Country
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 […]
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 […]
Misconceptions: How They Hinder Student Success And How To Overcome Them As An Educator
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 […]
Exploring Current Scientific Ethical Issues In Society
“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
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 […]
Human Digestion Demonstration – Mushy Crackers
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 […]