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
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!
National geographic recently instituted an educator certification program. Completion gives you access to lots of Nat Geo opportunities.
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 interesting sort of summer adventure involves spending the summer in a university of government research lab. These positions usually are paid (seems to be about $700/week on average), but don’t include travel, room, or board. The list below will get you started, but try searching your local university website for options near you. Fermilab: … Continue reading Real Research–with a paycheck–this Summer (2018)
If you’re in driving distance from the Georgia aquarium, you can spend February 24 doing hands-on activities with educators from NOAA. Not only is it free, but you get admission to the aquarium AND a $75 stipend. You’ll want to apply for this one now, as I’m sure it will fill up quickly (grades 6-12 … Continue reading Awesome Georgia Aquarium Opportunity
Fresh year, fresh semester, and a time of thinking about what comes next: the perfect time to consider a summer adventure. I consider the free summer programs available to science teachers to be one of the greatest perks of our profession—you can often find a program that lets you do something science-y that few other … Continue reading New Year, New Adventures
(my apologies to everyone else) The Atlanta Science Festival is coming March 9 – 24. But NOW is the time to sign up for a) bus vouchers up to $300 to take your students to for an exciting field trip to the Expo; and b) a chance to have an area STEM specialist come to … Continue reading Two Opportunities for Atlanta-Area Educators
Are you familiar with GSTA's Georgia Standards of Excellence Phenomena Bank? A phenomenon is an interesting "hook" for a topic that students can use to drive exploration. For example, The Blue People of Troublesome Creek introduces a (real life!) family in rural Kentucky who were blue. Students can work from this unusual example to studying … Continue reading Cool hooks and phenomena to drive explorations!
I have come across several science teachers, STEM teachers, media specialists and MakerSpace organizers who have found themselves with a set of Lego Mindstorms that they aren't sure how to use. I was intrigued by this set of free online courses to help you get started. (You can even take a test and get "certified" … Continue reading Got Mindstorms?