Category Archives: 2011-2012 GK12

Teaching perfection and Cats in Space!

Reflecting on what I’ve learned and experienced over the past year out of my GK-12 tenure is a little hard to explain briefly (I’m sorry!), but I have two experiences that have changed my views on teaching and learning in general. My … Continue reading

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My most memorable outreach activity yet

Sarah is right – I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since GK-12 ended for me 😦 Time really flies! Instead of talking about how I’ve changed, I’m going to tell you a story that I think is significant that … Continue reading

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A GK-12 lifer reflection

It has been nearly a year since I was last involved with the GK-12 program at KU, and I want to share with you my reflections on the program. I want to begin by expressing how overwhelmingly grateful I am … Continue reading

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We Learn Testing in School

I was recently at our local library with my daughter and we met a kindergartener who attends the public schools here in Lawrence.  I asked the inevitable question, “So what did you learn in Kindergarten?”  and was completely taken back … Continue reading

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The Grand Finale

“I ended up with the greatest classroom in the world. And this, my friends, will be our last class for this stage.” —Oprah Winfrey Just over a week ago, I spent my final day at Central Middle. It was their … Continue reading

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Science Fair – Part 2

Yesterday my students were in the process of actually doing their experiments! I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them make giant messes and have fun, but it was quite hard to keep track of everyone at once. Each … Continue reading

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Science Fair–Part 1

Wow – It surprises me each and every year how hectic the end of the KU semester is; everyone is sleep-deprived and a bit punchy, including me! I have a couple of posts to catch up on. Last Thursday, my … Continue reading

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Scales of the Universe

A colleague of mine, Jude Kastens at the Kansas Biological Survey, forwarded this link to me: Scales of the Universe — http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white&fb_source=message This site is WAY COOL!  How big is a string?  How big is a nebula? How big is a … Continue reading

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Will you marry me?

This is the question that every girl awaits for someday, right?  Ok, maybe not every girl, but I’m digressing.  Never in a million years would I have expected to hear this question in a middle school, let alone be the … Continue reading

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“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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