Monthly Archives: August 2011

2011-2012 8th Grade Science Program and Expectations

Course Text: Various. This course will use materials from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Dolan DNA Learning Center, NOVA (WGBH, PBS), Wolfram Research, and the National Science Teachers … Continue reading

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The Joy of X – NYTimes.com

The Joy of X – NYTimes.com.  Steven Strogatz on Math Algebra, for example, may have once struck you as a dizzying mix of symbols, definitions and procedures, but in the end they all boil down to just two activities — … Continue reading

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Do students care about grades?

Assessments are a part of every day at school.  Simple ones are used in class to check the pace of students’ learning; are my kids “getting it”? Am I going too fast? Is this the level, or depth of understanding, … Continue reading

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The First Day of School

How do we handle the First Day of School?  The kids are excited to see their friends, their favorite teachers from last year, and just the sheer novelty of the new School Year.  They may have been too excited to … Continue reading

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I’m reading this right now…

   “Field Notes on Science & Nature” Edited by Michael R. Canfield. Harvard University Press, 2011.  Excellent work on the use of notebooks in the field by practicing scientists. Examples, methodologies, and commentary. Forward by E.O. Wilson

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