SMART Goals for the New Year

If you have teenagers, this would be a good time to take a look at the first two marking periods, evaluate and assess their progress, and make some New Year’s Resolutions. This is not the time or place to be judgmental. This is the time to build a team where you...
Back to School

Back to School

It’s Back To School Time! The first hint that school is around the corner is the suddenly cool evenings in August. The second is the first orange leaves scattered among the trees. The third is the endless commercials for Back to School sales. I decided to...

Final Exams Prep

Final Exams Prep It’s June! Everyone’s thoughts turn to summer vacation. Hold on!     If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards Final Exams Prep…Again. You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention...
How Science Geeks Cruise

How Science Geeks Cruise

Have you been on a cruise before? Could you tell whether your fellow passengers were Science Geeks? Probably not. Just finished my very first cruise. That was quite an experience. As I hobnobbed with other cruisers over the final breakfast before debarking, we shared...
5 Ways to Build Good Homework Habits

5 Ways to Build Good Homework Habits

Yes, I stopped teaching last year to write full-time, but I find myself writing about school. Go figure. Anyway, here are 5 Ways to Build Good Homework Habits. Don’t think for a minute this is all I got for homework habits suggestions, but I said I was going to give...
Unsolicited Advice for Freshmen

Unsolicited Advice for Freshmen

Don’t you just love freshmen? They’re one of my favorite groups of students- a marvelous blend of big kid psyche and little kid sass, of sophistication and naiveté, of brilliance and idiocy. I taught them science for years, watching their morphosis from September...
Final Exams Study Schedule

Final Exams Study Schedule

Final Exams Study Schedule It’s June! Everyone’s thoughts turn to summer vacation. Hold on!     If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards Final Exams Study Schedule. You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere...
Fireflies

Fireflies

Fireflies I saw my first firefly of the season last night as I watched the daylight turn to night. It’s a mystical and exciting herald of the pending summer. Every time someone asks me if I miss teaching, I always answer yes because I do. I miss the energy and the...
The Controversial States of Matter

The Controversial States of Matter

The Controversial States of Matter Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. Hopefully, you are doing more than just taking up space (except you astronomy majors). Everything is made up of matter. Except, of course, non-matter, which is anything that does...
What’s Your Ecological Footprint?

What’s Your Ecological Footprint?

What’s Your Ecological Footprint? Happy Earth Day! Many Environmental Science classes have their students go through this simulation to calculate their Ecological Footprint on our planet. Take this quiz to measure your personal footprint on our planet:...

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