It is said that teachers, in their first few years of teaching, go through a lot of disillusionment… As work accumulates and the pressure is turned up, we start to feel exhausted, like we are climbing a mountain that just continues to grow…becoming impossible to overcome and see an end. Before our little winter break,… Continue reading Disillusionment
When I was in 8th grade, I had a fantastic science teacher. He was personable. He was interesting. He was fun! As a pre-service teacher, I strive to be a lot like my most inspiring teachers. He was one of them. In his class, we played a game of Trash Ball the day before the… Continue reading Trash Ball – Everyone’s favorite way to review!
Some kids really love to prank other kids. Halloween is a great time of year for good, friendly fun. Trick or treat, and today was the trick. I planned a lesson for 3rd period to create an apparatus that would launch a spider 3 meters to hit their friend that is terribly afraid of spiders.… Continue reading Halloween pranks with Newton!
Today was egg drop project day! The students were asked to use what they knew about gravity and friction to create a parachute apparatus to slow down the fall of an egg. They sure did a splendid job! We had some simple ones and some that were complex to the point of struggling with weight.… Continue reading Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…
Today we focused on using reference points to determine motion. We mixed it up with discussion, videos, and little activites. I was impressed with how quickly the students caught on to the topic. They began thinking about how important it is to have a reference when trying to describe the motion of an object. By… Continue reading What’s your reference point?
This week has been my first week back since the fellows had classes on campus last week. The way this program is set up has us in rotating between being in our student teaching placement and being in classes, preparing for teaching and digesting what we experience in the schools. Monday and Tuesday we pretty… Continue reading The power of a shock-factor
We had an IEP meeting this morning for a student. He’s been missing a lot of work in classes and not bringing his materials each day. It’s been difficult for everyone involved. A relative met with us and some of the other staff to talk about what we could do to help him succeed. Basically,… Continue reading IEP’s and frogs!