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Dec 08 2008

Academic stimulus plan

In a district with a $20+ million budget shortfall, I find the below not only nonsensical in terms of moving students forward toward making significant gains but just odd: Principals, Please convey the following information regarding the new Academic Stimulus Plan to your staff no later than Friday noon. It will be addressed in the…

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Oct 19 2008

Science notebooks changed my life

Science notebooks and notebooking can prove useful for secondary level students grades 5-12. It helps incorporate important science skills plus it keeps everything organized.

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Oct 05 2008

Don’t forget to write

I admit that the text messaging and quick-fire emails in my life has allowed me to adjust to a significantly truncated style of communication in order to get through my days. But this week I was reminded three times the value of taking time to write. Retired and traveling

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Oct 04 2008

The only thing missing is the medals

Well, actually, I did give out medals, but they are pasted into students’ notebooks. This past week we capped off our horrendously tedious learning about metrics experience with a chance to actually use metric units. What does 58 cm really look like? Now my students have a better idea.

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Oct 02 2008

Bloggerific news about DonorsChoose

I love If you’ve never visited the site, please do. It allows anyone to directly impact a classroom of their choosing. Right now, DonorsChoose is running a blogger challenge. One of my projects was chosen by the popular blog TechCrunch to be featured in their challenge. This is certainly very exciting news. My project…

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Sep 01 2008

The teacher or leader dilemma

Heisenberg is known in science for his uncertainty principle. The more one knows about the location of an electron, the less one knows about the direction the electron is heading. The reverse holds true, as well. I have discovered a similar paradox in my teaching world, but unlike Heisenberg, I am not uncertain about anything.

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Aug 23 2008

Time to get poppin

For those not hip enough to know, it’s good to be poppin. As such, I made sure we were poppin this first week of school in science class. My choice of words here is not totally for the “this is some hip lingo” factor. We were literally poppin, or maybe I should say popping. Yes,…

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Jul 25 2008

How to make a Friday awesome

Today in St. Louis, it was rainy and gross. Thankfully, after a nap, my congestion and headache are gone. As an added benefit, I received this email from the National Science Teachers Association: Dear A, Welcome to the New Science Teacher Academy. We are pleased you could join us! Sincerely, Paul J. Tingler Project Director…

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