"They just didn't understand where Excel would be useful for them."
-Overheard a a recent district tech committee meeting by an individual who recently gave an Excel workshop.1
I, for one, have no problem finding value.
Exhibit A: Iodine Clock Reaction
The Iodine Clock Reaction demonstrates incredibly well [...]
I previously vented my frustrations about the losing so much time to preventable problems while doing my first video project, though despite these issues I decided to give it another go. I feel the project design is pretty strong, so I didn't want to just scrap it because of some technical issues. After today's "Grand [...]
I'm a little concerned by the word, "pilot."
I'm in the midst of ramping up my students for 5 solid weeks of self-directed learning related to climate change. Uncharacteristically, I cleared the proposal with my principal and the science curriculum director before going forward with the plan. I was given "permission" to pilot this program.
Our brains lock onto stories. Our experiences are one story after another, each contributing to the long story we call life. As such, our brains are used to comprehending things presented in the format of a story1. Using a story format to present information to our students seems like a natural way of engaging students [...]
A big thank you to all of you who voted on my classes' element cards. In general I would say the project was a success. The front of the cards were generally decorated, though the backs of the cards were usually pretty lacking despite my appeals to make both sides visually appealing.
I used the following presentation to go over how and why to balance chemical equations with my 9th graders:
Balancing Chemical Rx
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The concept itself isn't complex, but instruction often gets bogged down in providing students with a list of specific steps to follow (First, [...]
Part 2 of the Chemical Reaction Artifact series. Part 1 describes what an artifact of learning is and why I use them.
I'm not someone who really enjoys being the center of attention. I don't enjoy talking for longer than 5-10 minutes a time during class and yet I found myself being the center of [...]
It's really not that scary, especially at the level high school freshmen need to know it. The periodic table, however, is something almost inherently deemed as incomprehensible by incoming students. To them it's something to be feared not something to be understood. After some ineffective periodic table teaching for a few years [...]