About a year and a half ago, I created a series of short videos on integrating reading, writing and science for the Georgia Department of Education. Apparently, the GA DOE has an amazing and long vetting process before they can share media, but those videos are now up and running. I'm really glad to have … Continue reading Portable Staff Development
SCBWI (the children's writers organization) is having a booth at the Decatur Book Festival! If you are looking for some kid-centered activities, check out our offerings at booth #405. I will be unveiling Cat Science Unleashed: fun activities to do with your feline friend (releasing August 27!), so come by Saturday at 3:20 for some … Continue reading Decatur Book Festival
I LOVE Sapelo Island, and if I could, I would do this one in a heartbeat. Complete with stipend. Here's the announcement: 2019 Middle School Marine Science (MS)2 Summer Workshop The 2019 Middle School Marine Science (MS)2 Summer Workshop is accepting registrations from middle school earth and life science teachers interested in exploring the topic of marine science as … Continue reading Awesome summer adventure for Georgia middle school teachers!
National Geographic has a ton of resources for educators. I am working on getting their educator certification, so I will highlight more of them later. But one that caught my eye was the ability to have your class chat with a Nat Geo explorer. Each month, National Geographic picks a theme and highlights the work … Continue reading Chat with a National Geographic Explorer
I usually highlight science opportunities on this blog, but I did a primary sources workshop with this organization a few years ago, and it was fantastic. I wanted to make this opportunity known in case there are elementary school teachers who want to improve their skills and knowledge of teaching with primary sources. See, Think, … Continue reading Teaching Primary Sources (in primary school!)
It’s time to answer the age-old question of who would win between an Olympic sprinter, tortoise, car, you, and a volcano. Science Friday, Explosion Math Science Friday launched an educational division last year, in which they have classroom educators build classroom activities around content from the show. Explosion Math is one of my favorites: definitely … Continue reading Science Friday Boards the School Bus
I've been working with the Hu Biolocomotion Lab at Georgia Tech for the last few months. This video of maggots eating a valentine doughnut, shot by Olga Shishkov, a graduate student in the lab who works with black soldier fly larvae (read: maggots), is too wonderful to pass up for Valentines Day. So wonderful, in … Continue reading Valentine Maggot Fun
Start the new year with some new tools for building a culture of "argumentation" (meaningful discussions of claims and evidence) in your classroom!
It's not too late to invite an author to Skype with your class for World Read Aloud Day on February 1! Kate Messner graciously hosts on her blog a listing of traditionally-published authors who are available to chat with your class for free. Slots are filling fast—my day is already full. So get over to … Continue reading Free Author Talks!
In my first school, another new teacher and I inherited back rooms stuffed with 25 years of dissection specimens that were older than my students, random chemicals, unmarked bottles, etc.