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!
You've seen the cool experiments you can do with a vacuum system on Youtube. Here's your chance to get your own unit. The American Vacuum Society is holding a two-day, all-expense-paid workshop in Long Beach California (October 22-23), and at the end, you'll take home your own vacuum system. This is for high school teachers … Continue reading Vacuum Society Workshop (doesn’t) Suck
One of the best parts of working on Dog Science Unleashed was getting to work with the extremely talented Matthew Rakola at our photo shoot. Not only is he an excellent photographer in general, but he specializes in photos of kids doing science--and he digs into the science until he understands what the concepts are, … Continue reading Matthew Rakola, Photographer Extraordinaire
I LOVE the work of the Reading Apprenticeship group (Schoenbach, et. al.). I was delighted to discover that they are now producing content modules, which are available online for free. These modules are similar to what I'm trying to do in my Once Upon a Science Books--they provide all the resources you need, with step-by-step … Continue reading GREAT resource for teaching reading for academic texts
Who knows more about your dog than anybody? You do! And scientists want to know what you know! As I researched Dog Science Unleashed (available for pre-order! buy it now!), I kept coming across cool citizen science projects you can do with your dog. I wrote up a whole group of them for The Bark … Continue reading Your Dog Wants to Do Science
Here's a random bit of news that might lead to a little summer get-away: teachers in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands can get an "Educators Pass" to get in to the Kennedy Space Center for free. You need a note on letterhead from your principal, so secure that before the school year … Continue reading Take a Trip to the Kennedy Space Center
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