Monthly Archives: February 2012

Back in the Saddle

A combination of the holiday break, conference travel, and illness meant I went almost six weeks without a visit to Landon Middle School. I finally made it back in the classroom on February 2nd. Of course, February is almost over … Continue reading

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Kinetic Energy

Mr. Macha’s class has been learning about kinetic energy. This week the students explored this further in an activity. They predicted the final temperature when equal parts 50°C water and 10°C water are combined. We showed them the materials available … Continue reading

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Ad astra per aspera

We are moving forward with the study of space.  It is an interesting journey for me, as Ms. Wyssenbach (UKanTeach student teacher) is teaching several hours, and Mrs. Loeffler is teaching several hours.  They are covering essentially the same material, … Continue reading

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The Mixed Bag continues

Yesterday was my 7th visit to Central Middle this spring semester, and I admit, I’m still confused as to how to truly optimize learning in the classroom. I realize all the ‘real’ teachers out there probably think I’m naive for … Continue reading

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That Awkward Moment When You Realize You’re Now the Professor

Ok, so maybe professor is not really true.  Let’s call it substitute course instructor. Yeah, that’s better. This last week I had the pleasure of teaching an undergraduate engineering course for my advisor who was out of town.  I actually … Continue reading

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Personal Response Lesson

Today’s lesson was a review for the assessment the students will be taking next week. Rather than having them fill out a worksheet, we used personal response systems, or clickers. Each student answers individually and then they are able to … Continue reading

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New Table

So a while back, my mentor teacher had a great idea for a new table in the classroom.  Using shower panels, he constructed a whiteboard table.  This new item has been extremely useful and distracting at the same time.  While the table … Continue reading

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