Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Disciplining” troubled/highly stressed adolescents

I came across this article today, and thought back to many of our GK-12 discussions. WA high school tries new approach to student discipline — expulsions drop 85%. By Jane Stevens It’s impossible to address learning in students who are … Continue reading

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My students think I’m a sexologist…

SO… today was a really exciting day (but yes, the title is correct!!). I decided to have all of my students be geophysicists today by bringing in all our seismic equipment and doing a demonstration outside with them, with the … Continue reading

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Personal Response Lesson

So a few weeks ago (clearly I’m playing catch-up here!) I did my lesson using the personal response systems with the classrooms. Overall, it went very well. We were talking about light, particularly how it works and the electromagnetic spectrum. … Continue reading

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Nature-deficit disorder

Until today, I think I’ve been pretty good about remaining good-natured and going with the flow of whatever crazy things happen during my visits to the middle school. One of my students said something today that shocked me soooo much … Continue reading

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Water Quality with 8th Grade Leaders

Well, some of you may recall the near mutiny from our last round of water quality testing.  We were set up for it again… chilly weather, forecast for rain, a plan to be outside… This time around was an interesting twist. … Continue reading

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Who should I believe?

Mrs. Loeffler and Ms. Wyssenbach have had their classes doing some research on various planets.  The classes have either divided up in groups or done the research individually, but in both cases, the class reconvened toward the end of class … Continue reading

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Clickers of Konigsberg

Last Monday I presented my clicker lesson to the students at Eisenhower Middle School.  The topic was graph theory and the classical Bridges of Konigsberg Problem.  I have to admit I felt pretty lost trying to come up with a … Continue reading

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Mars Mission!

Last week, the 8th-grade Earth Science students at Arrowhead Middle School continued to study our solar system. Since the week had focused primarily on the technology we use to explore space, I thought that Friday would be the perfect time … Continue reading

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What do you do when you do not know what to do?

Discussion in Seminar today – What do you do when faced with a problem to which the answer is not readily apparent? Another look at the question would be, you have tried some tried and true strategies to solve a … Continue reading

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time as distance

At Eisenhower, we’re into the space and solar system portion of the year.  Ms. Wyssenbach had a great activity for the students.  In an effort to get across the idea that “light years” are a measure of distance, we did … Continue reading

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