When not at work or school, I love spending time with my wife and our four children. After being a stay at home dad for the past 5 years, I am looking forward to continuing working on my degree and being back in the classroom this year.
I was looking for some ideas for a lesson plan on water usage and conservation and this is some of what I found.
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Sat, Nov 08, 2014 9:14 PM in How to handle student's questions?
That is a good question you have about discipline. I know from my experience as a teacher and a father that sometimes it is unavoidable that you will feelings, but it is important that you are consistent with what you tell them is going to happen when they do something inappropriate or act disruptive. You have to follow through with whatever discipline that you are going to assign regar...
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Fri, Oct 31, 2014 10:05 PM in Teaching About the Concept of Space and Solar System in K-2
I think that is interesting as well. I don't have too much classroom experience with that, but I know that when my oldest son was about two and a half, he started asking questions like "Why is it cold outside?". This led into us talking about the seasons and that led to more questions about the Earth and the sun. Over the next couple of years he has learned about our place in space. I ...
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 12:15 AM in How to handle student's questions?
I know that we are at the same level, but I know from my experience as a substitute teacher that there are plenty of times that I don't know the answers to questions. I don't have a problem letting the students know that I don't know either. Sometimes they think it's funny that a teacher doesn't know the answer, but I usually tell them that I am in school too and that I am learning n...
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Will It Float?
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 12:18 AM Good lesson on discrepancies showing density
This article shows a 5E lesson plan on density. Probably the best thing about this lesson is the way the teachers get the students to discover density. I think it's great that the teachers spend the time to show the relationship between mass and volume. They mentioned that they had the luxury of time and it seemed to be on successive days. But I don't see any reason why it couldn't be spread out. Also I love the engage part using the centers with discrepancies. It seems like a great way to get the students interested.
Dual-Density Discrepancies: Ice Is Nice and Sugar Is Sweet
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 11:40 PM Fun density experiments
This chapter of More Brain Powered Science by Thomas O'Brien has great detailed experiments showing the discrepancy of the density of different liquids. The experiments involve some tricking of the students in order to prove a point. Because of this I would say that these experiments are definitely more for upper elementary or middle school. Also I thought some of the explanations might be a little complicated for students to understand so they may need to be adjusted for grade level. These experiments would be fun to do in the classroom.
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