I had a real treat today at Springdale Park Elementary School. I did science writing workshops with their fourth graders (with such a warm welcome, thanks to Ms. Neal and Ms. Steigerwalt!). In between, I got to sit in on a class as they worked on writing books about the Westward Expansion. Katie Steigerwalt is … Continue reading Great Visit at Springdale Park Elementary
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!
The Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) District 2 does an annual one-day workshop, focusing on some of the hard to teach physical and Earth science content (grades K-12). I went this E.L.I.P.S.E workshop last year and came back with a lot of good ideas. It’s basically free--$5 for GSTA members (you don’t have to be … Continue reading News for Georgia Science Teachers
If you live in Georgia, Alabama, or the Florida panhandle, you are super lucky to be in the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This year’s regional conference will be March 15 and 16 in Atlanta (although writers from anywhere are welcome!). If you’ve thought about writing for children, … Continue reading Writers in the Southeast: Spring To Success with Springmingle’19
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.
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
This month's book list over at STEM Tuesday highlights excellent science comics. For this month's classroom tips, I talk about tips for building visual literacy. Images are fantastic stepping-stones into complex science ideas!
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
I'm so excited! Dog Science Unleashed has moved from long-listed to short-listed for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F prize for hands-on science! Which gives me a chance to tell a favorite story of mine. Several years ago, I was teasing with my family that I wanted to win some award--any award--just so that when I went to … Continue reading AAAS/ Subaru SB&F Finalist!