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!)
Science Friday Boards the School Bus
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
Valentine Maggot Fun
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
The Argumentation Toolkit
Start the new year with some new tools for building a culture of "argumentation" (meaningful discussions of claims and evidence) in your classroom!
Free Author Talks!
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!
New Year, Get Set with Lab Safety
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.
Atlanta Science Festival–deadlines
The Atlanta Science Festival will offer all kinds of events around the metro-Atlanta area in March. And they are eager to get educators involved with their educator toolkit--but you need to get signed up by January 1 to get a classroom visit from a STEM professional. You can also request a $300 bus voucher to … Continue reading Atlanta Science Festival–deadlines
National Geographic Certification (for cool opportunities)
National geographic recently instituted an educator certification program. Completion gives you access to lots of Nat Geo opportunities.
Last week I was at the regional NSTA conference in Charlotte (always a great experience!). I attended a great session with Krista Brinchek, the science specialist at Abbots Creek Elementary in Raleigh, NC. She talked about her experiences using live wildlife webcams with her classes, and has generously agreed to let me share some of … Continue reading Wild webcams
CoSTEM Contest for Your Book Parade!
Does your school hold a book parade in October? Encourage your kids to dress like their favorite STEM book, and they could win great prizes!