I teach 6th Grade Science and 7th Grade Science at Suncoast School for Innovative Studies in Sarasota, Florida. I am certified to teach Biology (Grades 6-12), General Science (Grades 5-9), Math (Grades 5-9), Exceptional Student Education (K-12th Grade), and Social Sciences (Grades 6-12) in the State of Florida. I am a member of the Florida Association of Science Teachers. I participate in the NASA Explorer School program.
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Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
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Fri, Feb 03, 2012 1:19 PM in NASA support essay by James M. Arimond 2-3-12
NASA is an underutilized treasure which can be used to ignite the imagination of the American people, reinvigorate our economy, increase America's lead in technology, employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in well-paying jobs, and develop new technologies, industries, opportunities, and capabilities to benefit all Americans. Human spaceflight by NASA can lead America onward and upward! A...
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Wed, Dec 07, 2011 5:31 PM in NASA: Links, Lessons, Media, Seminars. Part II
Hi, Alyce. Yes, I teach one section of 7th Grade Science, two sections of 8th Grade Science, one section of high school Physical Science, and two sections of high school Biology. Yes, state standards and administration focus on high-stakes testing both consume a great deal of time, attention, effort, and energy. I am working to find space related lessons that align with state standards. I beli...
Mon, Nov 28, 2011 6:09 PM in Mars Landers/Rovers
I was at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday to watch the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory. The successful launch of the Atlas V rocket with a Centaur second stage was beautiful. Landing on Mars is expected to take place August 5, 2012.
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Coral Reef Ecosystems: The Living Reef
Sat, Nov 12, 2011 2:07 PM Coral Ecosystems: The Living Reef
This lesson teaches the habitat, reproduction, growth, and forms of corals. The Living Reef is a good introduction to organisms called coral.
Plate Tectonics: Lines of Evidence
Sat, Nov 12, 2011 9:01 AM Plate Tectonics: Lines of Evidence
This fifth of five lessons on plate tectonics describes and explains the geologic, fossil, seismic, volcanic, and oceanic evidence which together support the theory of plate tectonics. The lesson is interesting and thorough in its overview of the subject.
"Late-Start Mondays": The Catalyst for Change in an Urban High School
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 9:29 PM Late-Start Mondays
This chapter described the steps an Indiana high school took to initiate a professional learning community. Using seventy-five minutes every Monday morning for teacher meetings, collaboration, professional development, and planning facilitated improvements in student learning through school-wide cooperation among teachers with the support and guidance of administration. The information is a good case study of steps a school took toward building a professional learning communityfor the benefit of its students.
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