Graduate School Final Project

I promised Stacy Lovdahl I'd post this the other day and then promptly forgot. Sorry, Stacy. I took a graduate course on curriculum development and implementation this semester through Ball State. Not many of the assignments were open-ended enough to make for interesting blog fodder, so I didn't post much. For my final project, IRead More

From Crappy to Okay

One of my goals this year is to help students struggle productively with ideas before I loop back to teach it. I don't remember who said this first - probably Dan Meyer, Frank Noschese, or Kris Shaffer - but it makes a lot of sense. It builds anticipation and allows students to find and buildRead More

Withholding Opportunities or Planning Accordingly?

11 days left. There's a lot of review happening right now - we've finished our final chapter tests and looking ahead at a double-whammy final exam. I'm facing a large bear this year because I wasn't here first semester, so I don't have a good idea of what ideas need to revisited more than others.Read More

Chemical Equation Inquiry

Liza Basden is a chemistry teacher in Illinois that I connected with earlier this year. Periodically, we'll share resources with one another for labs or other activities that we run in our classes. Last week, I was browsing for a lab to run with students on the different types of chemical reactions when Liza sentRead More

Adaptive Science Curriculum

I've been following Dan Meyer for about 15 months. I don't teach math, but the way he talks about teaching math makes me want to teach it. If you're not familiar with his writing and development of Three Act Math, you should read the linked post and go check out his site dedicated to freeRead More

More Faith

I did a webinar yesterday afternoon with Marc Siegel, Deb Wolf, and Ramsey Musallam on the various ways Flipped Learning can be incorporated into a science classroom. We spoke about changing mindsets, thinking about mastery learning and standards based grading, and using video tools in class along with other ideas and tips. Ramsey spoke nearRead More