Browsing Posts tagged science

For my final project in COETAIL I decided to make a series of videos to assist my students in preparing for our final Chemistry test.  For a variety of reasons it was an experience that will stay with me for the unforeseen future.  I look forward to sharing the good, the bad and the ugly with you […]

I’m back.  This semester has been a whirlwind of the likes I don’t ever want to see again.  Some rights reserved by Lori Joan Here’s a quick update on where I am with my final COETAIL project. My goal was to find a part of my curriculum that is being taught in a not-so visual manner and […]

 Some rights reserved by zetson So I’m supposed to pick a topic that will ultimately flush itself out as a project that will be implemented over the course of second semester.  I can’t even figure out what I’m having for dinner tonight, never mind something I will solely be responsible for, for a five month period.  Sure, […]

I remember someone telling  me that a toddler needs to sometimes try a food over a dozen times before they accept it as tasty.  I’d like to think my critical reasoning skills don’t require such repeated exposure to something new, but alas, no.  Like a screaming child facing a bowl of broccoli, I too put […]

When was the last time you actually looked at a periodic table of elements? I mean really looked! -6pt font -inconsistent formatting from table to table -university level information pressed up against the basic facts -numbers, letters, Roman numerals, color codes, columns, rows, patterns, exceptions… It really is just too much for most students. I […]

I struggle with the academic application of Presentation Zen.   Most of my ” presentations” are given to a captive audience that are not necessarily natural listeners.   On those days that I spin a tale and tell a story woven through with the facts of science, I do see a marked increase in attention and interest.  […]

Comic Relief


During our recent study of chemistry, I had my eighth grade students create a comic strip of a rather complicated experimental method.  They drew this comic strip across the white board at the front of the room.  Each class contributed a section of the comic, and also improved on sections previously created.   By the end […]

The Law of Conservation of Mass simply states that matter cannot be created or destroyed in a chemical reaction.  What goes in must equal what comes out.  I went on a search to find images to support this scientific law.  The top contenders are shown below. Some rights reserved by neurmadic aesthetic Some rights reserved by […]

Astronomy, Earth in the solar system, that is my current academic life.  In eighth grade science we have been exploring the universe through a variety of “lenses” if you will.  Pun intended. Our lastest task is to study the characteristics of our solar system.  This concept seemed very elementary to me.  There will be no […]



My Final Blog Post (for this course) I think that my brain was prepared for this class a bit by attending the BLC (Building Learning Communities) conference this summer in Boston.  BLC is the conference that Alan November’s organization hosts each year.  Alan visited TAS last year and I found his ideas big, inspirational and […]