Over the last few months, I’ve been involved with a project that I am very excited to finally share—I have been making a video series on topics related to integrating reading, writing, and science for the Georgia Department of Education. I’ve made two sets (with some overlap): one geared toward elementary teachers and administrators, and … Continue reading Integrating Reading, Writing, and Science—Videos!
My team is assembled...our outline is done...the writing has begun...and (drum roll, please...) it is time to recruit field test teachers for Once Upon a PHYSICAL science book! Field testing will take place over the 2018-2019 school year. If you will be teaching physical science, or have physical science as a part of your curriculum, … Continue reading Field Test Teachers Needed!
This looks like a good workshop. It's only 3-days, it's free, and it gets you access to all kinds of materials and mini-grants. It's designed to prepare you to "redeliver" the content. Captain Planet tends to offer good support and do useful work (in my limited experience). The dates are coming up quickly, but they … Continue reading Georgia Science Teachers: summer workshop
I post about Audiobook Sync every year, but every year it's worth posting about! This is a free program to keep teens and young adults engaged with books over the summer. For 16 weeks, the program offers free, high-quality audiobooks for download. There are two each week, and they are paired to provide a meaningful … Continue reading Free Teen Audiobooks!
If you're still looking for a summer adventure, review these earlier posts. Many of the deadlines have passed for application, but not all! And since most of these programs run year after year, you can also start eyeing the ones you want for next year. Work in a lab as an educator! Get paid, get … Continue reading Summer Adventure Round-up, 2018
One of the most thoughtful current writers of science for kids is Melissa Stewart. She has done a lot of analysis of changes taking place in nonfiction and how those changes affect readers and teachers. She has an excellent piece in the School Library Journal on types of nonfiction, and on connecting kids with the … Continue reading Nonfiction for Everyone
At the national NSTA convention, I attended a day-long geology field trip to various points of interest in Georgia. Two of those sites were mines (turns out Georgia has the most diverse mining operations in the country--in terms of variety of things mined--who knew?). Mining hasn't been an area I've known much about, but I … Continue reading Of a Mine-d to Study Mining
I had to have a medical procedure a couple of weeks ago that has had me on my back and unable to write. One morning the doorbell rang, and to my surprise, I had a lovely vase of flowers from the team at National Geographic (I'm sure it was really my amazing editor Kate Hale. … Continue reading Beneficent Blooms
I saw this headline in the most recent issue NSTA Reports and thought, "Now THAT is aimed a very select audience." #TheseAreMyPeople
I'm so excited to have the cover for Dog Science Unleashed: Fun Activities to Do with your Canine Companion It won't come out until August, but you can pre-order from Amazon here or from IndieBound here. (Pre-orders are helpful for authors because they help determine how many copies a publishing house prints or how they allocate … Continue reading Cover Reveal!
I was at a science conference recently and overheard several conversations between teachers who were frustrated that science time was being cut at their school to allow for more time to drill reading, writing, and math. I came home and decided to put together one more video to directly address why that's a loss for … Continue reading Getting Administrators Interested in Science