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Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Scientific Summer

In the past, one of the first assignments I gave to my students was to write about their summer, from the point of view of a scientist.  I had advanced students, the type of student that read about Newton and Einstein for fun so most had an above grade level understanding of scientific concepts.  I am inspired this summer to do the assignment myself.  Currently I am flying from Houston to Denver and already I am noticing the science around me.  

There is the obvious, the airpalne itself.  A wonderous piece of engineering technology.  The mechanics involved in keeping the plane in the clouds.  The clouds themselves outside my window, the condensation stage of the water cycle.                 

The plane ride really got me thinking about all the science around us all the time.  Driving from Denver to Avon, in the Vail Valley, I was kicking myself for not being able to magically stop the car and take a thousand pictures.  The layers of sedimentary rocks in the canyon walls, the river that had carved out the canyon over millions of years, and the rocks that had been weathered by frozen water and literally broken in half.  It was super cool.  Yes, super cool.  

I am inspired to bring this project back into my curriculum.  What a great way to get to know my students level of knowledge and ability.  I want to model the assignment with my vacation, perhaps using Prezi or a movie making application.  I want to use my own Scientific Summer to get them excited about the science in their lives.

Any ideas on using this sort of project in your own classroom?  

   

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Using My Summer Wisely

The summer has officially started.  The last week of school was a whirlwind of activities and events.  The following week was curriculum writing and my daughter's 3rd birthday.  So I just now feel like I am taking it easy, and by that I mean I've been spending a lot of free time on Pinterest stocking up on ideas for the next school year.





I really want to make good use of my time this summer.

My biggest goal for the summer is to develop a BLOGGING SYSTEM!  I just couldn't get it going this school year but am hoping if I can get on a schedule this summer, it will be easier to keep it up come August.  There are so many resources out there for those looking to start a blog that I really have no excuses!

My second goal is to add content to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I love TPT. There are so many resources that are available that I truly believe have improved my teaching.  I would love to develop products for my classroom that other teacher's may benefit from.  I know I already have things in my collection that just need to be made "marketable" and I really want to make devout more time to that this summer.

My third goal: TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT SCHOOL TOO MUCH!! I make no promises!