I am currently teaching Earth Science and AP Environmental Science at Marion High School. I had retired from teaching middle and high school science in Anderson Indiana for 24 years to complete an EdS in Secondary Education with a concentration in Science Education focusing on Earth and Environmental Science. I have a BS in earth science education, an MA in General Science Education. I like travel, swimming, rock collecting (obviously!), canoeing, reading and yoga. I would like to transition into a position as a science curriculum consultant or working at a community college at some point in the future.
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Engineering Notebooks NSTA 2015
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Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:31 PM in Roller Coaster Physics
I have seen some amazing K-Nex roller coasters, but when I teach my gifted workshop we make them more simply out of pipe-foam insulation, postal mailing tubes, and whatever else is in the recycling bin (TP tubes, popsickle sticks, plastic cups, etc.).
They are so creative in what they do - no two have ever been alike! I make all kinds of conditions they have to fulfill to successfully complete ...
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Mon, Dec 15, 2014 6:44 PM in Forms of Energy Lesson
It depends on if you are doing an introduction or a set of lessons and how old your students are.
When I introduced this, I set up stations and had the students visit each station and tell me the following: what kind of energy goes into this system, what kind of energy is in the middle (being used or transferred), and what kinds of energy comes out.
So, station 1 was a flashlight (chemical ...
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 6:07 PM in Weather Projects
I am working on tweeking a climate unit where the students downloaded one of many weather apps and then used those to do a daily weather journal for their assigned location. We were working on global climate patterns, so I assigned them locations from different parts of the globe, but this could also be done for their country alone.
Since I wanted the students to do a climograph and compare it ...
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Outdoor Ecology School
Sat, Jan 03, 2015 11:05 AM Cross grade and community interactions!
This teacher set up an outdoor field day for high schoolers to work with elementary students with a twist - stations that taught ecology and relationships while still being fun. While some stations taught more "traditional" science like macro-invertebrate identification or looking for populations in quadrants, others played games that showed predator prey relationships or other concepts and helped to use of energy that elementary students come to school with. In addition, the community was invited to join as well. So many positive connections in a single day!
Idea Bank: Electronic BeeSpace
Sat, Jan 03, 2015 10:49 AM Extremely Flexible Resource!
The Electronic BeeSpace website described in this article seems to be adaptable to a variety of teaching purposes and this article is designed to help teachers maximize their use of the site. In addition to long video clips of various topics related to research and biotechnology that might be useful for STEM integration, each of these have been broken down into smaller segments that can be used in addition or on their own to emphasize various points. Because of this flexibility, the site is not isolated for use in only high school but parts could be integrated into middle school curriculum and easily into undergraduate biology coursework. A very useful resource!
Something’s Fishy in Paxton Lake
Fri, Jan 02, 2015 2:40 PM Case Study in speciation
This case study demonstrates to students that speciation is an on-going process today as it has been in the past. This particular example is mentioned in the NOVA program What Darwin Never Knew, so this would be a good activity to do with students prior to showing all or a portion of this video about how our knowledge of evolution has expanded and evolved over time. I would do this with either high school or undergraduate biology or environmental science classes.
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