An Experiment in Process

This post outlines a recent lesson and activity I designed for my integrated chemistry/physics students. Fair warning: science ahead. The Problem I teach a class called Integrated Chemistry & Physics. It's meant to serve as an all-around physical science for high school students (they need one life science and one physical to earn a diploma).Read 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

Shape Games

Featured image creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Jonas Tana Shape is immensely important in science. The shape of a molecule, bone, or any other structure partially determines its function. When studying microstructures, it can be difficult for students to really grasp the complex three-dimensional structures that are proteins. I thinkRead More