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It’s a Full Moon…

…and the kids are goofier than usual. Inattentive, chatty, incapable of maintaining focus for 2 minutes. I know that scientists have debunked the idea that odd behavior and full moons are connected, many times. BUT. As a teacher, I’ve seen the theory Read More...

Getting Ready for the NSTA in Charlotte

We live very near Charlotte, so we can attend with very little expense to us. My husband and I have arranged to take off 2 days from work, so it will be not only educational, but FUN and FAMILY time for us. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how Read More...

New Vistas Ahead

I’m not at liberty to say more just yet, but I will have interesting changes this year in teaching. This summer, I attended: ASM Metals Camp in Columbus – AWESOME! I forged metals, learned more about the activity series, along with some easy, practical Read More...

Summer Plans

My plans are complete – I will be attending 3 out-of-state workshops, and a district-level on in June. CORRECTION – make that 2 out-of-state workshops and a district workshop. Topics include: Chemistry – offered by the American Society of Metals Physics Read More...

After the NSTA Conference

I’m at the airport, waiting for my flight to Charlotte. I’ve a long layover (about 3 hours), so I thought I’d start to put down my impressions. LOVED San Antonio – friendly city, great people. Gotta give a shout-out to Gabriel, our cab driver (he phoned Read More...

Block Scheduling – Pros and Cons

In many high schools, we work on the Block Schedule – most courses take up only one semester. Initially, it sounded too good to be true – only 3 classes a day? From 75-100 students at a time? Fab. Well, not quite. There are advantages to having a smaller Read More...

Shark Finning

I just watched a Youtube video about Shark Finning – the practice of capturing sharks, cutting off their fins, and throwing the still-live body back into the sea. DON’T show it at school – Gordon Ramsey doesn’t seem to know how to speak without use of Read More...

Is There Anything More Boring Than…

…WATCHING someone taking a test? I don’t think so. It’s Finals Week, and I’m in the first day of the grind. Other than providing a handheld pencil sharpener to needy students (not that common – most use mechanical pencils), and occasionally answering Read More...

After Christmas Thoughts

My daughter asked me to help her with a new unit – Tornadoes. I’ve taught it in the past. I taught it before I had access to the Internet. Although the Internet would make the lessons more current, as you could use animations, videos and current maps Read More...

Long Term Projects – How to Manage

All too often, long-term projects become something that is carelessly begun, and completed, the evening or weekend before. Like Calvin, students hope that they will be able to make up for the lack of research or content by having GRAPHICS, FANCY FONTS, Read More...

Finally Coming Up For Air!

I’ve been swamped! I started teaching late this year – started in a new system, and, due to S-L-O-W paperwork/administrative issues, didn’t actually set foot in a classroom till just over 3 weeks ago. Teaching 2 new subjects. New school. New state. Feeling Read More...

2 Days Down, The Rest of The Year to Go

It went well. Basically good kids, the classes are ALL seniors. Which means, in the fall, no problem, because they’re so grown-up. And in the spring, Lord, Lord, Lord. Because they’ll be off the wall, with graduation so close. Although I’m to teach Chemistry Read More...

How Technology Can Be Abused

Apple has applied for a patent – to wirelessly disable IPhones. Two ways: In sensitive areas (???), disable phone’s ability to send or receive messages, calls, or texts. Put phone into sleep mode by force. I’m sure their intent is benign, and simply is Read More...

I Gotta JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy dance! Happy dance! It’s been a LONG slog to the finish line. Folks, if you haven’t looked for employment for a while, let me tell you about some of the roadblocks: Not every job exists – some of the interviews were just smokescreen for the applicant Read More...

STEM for Black College Students

There’s a college president who is making a REAL difference in his school’s students. More black students earn bachelor’s degrees in science and technology from UMBC than from any other non-historically black university in Maryland, even College Park, Read More...
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