Saturday, December 13, 2008

How Bleach Works

This story is neat. It shows that, even in a substance as well known and widely used as chlorine bleach, some of the ways that it works to disinfect are not fully understood.

Sometimes, kids get the idea that all the simple things are completely understood. It's nice to see confirmation that there are still many mysteries in the world of science.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Site for Blog

I'm using another site for now. It has some disadvantages - I can't make any money on ads, so far, but the numbers viewing it are greater. And, best of all, it isn't blocked at work, so I can post on my break.

Or, you can use the RSS Feed on this blog.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Traffic is Down, The Livin' is Easy

To mix metaphors.

I can see from the traffic patterns that summer doldrums have set in. Not with me, but many of the usual readers are playing I'll just have to be both more enthralling than playtime activities, and more attuned to what readers want to focus on.

One thing I want to post on this summer is how to do things in blogs that enhance traffic. Those of you who are also bloggers may find those interesting.

For example, I just made a linked post, that took my traffic on Technology in Teaching (TeacherLingo version) to this site. That way, I can benefit from the higher traffic there to build the traffic here.

Another thing I'd like to spend more time on is techniques and strategies to enhance classroom management for improved student performance. Suggestions gladly accepted.

The technology of science is rapidly changing. Texas Instruments has released its new graphing handheld, and it's a doozie.

I'm still quietly exploring the worlds of podcasting and videocasting/videoconferencing. I had a few setbacks - a kid snagged my Ipod, my MAC had to be re-installed after I screwed up installing Boot Camp (I really must learn to read the manual), and I hurt my back this spring in an auto accident.

Things are better now. My life seems to be settling down, and I'm beginning to see daylight. I'll be setting up a 2-3 times a week schedule for posting - catch me at Technology in Teaching, and I'll see you there.

Catching Up

I've been on the road too much of this summer, so far. One graduation, 1 TI training, next week NSELA, then PTRA in Canada. As Den and I are both changing schools again (to Charlotte, NC), we've been spending what time we have clearing out our old classrooms.

What little teacher blogging I've been doing has been at Technology in Teaching. The traffic I'm getting there is better than what I've been getting here.

Although that may change. I've an application to get $$$$$ for ads in, and, if I'm accepted, this site may pay for itself. What I'll be doing until then, is using the Technology in Teaching site, which will then direct (via a link) you to here. That way, I can up my numbers, and make a better case for improved ad rates. Sorry for any inconvenience that causes you. At this time, to justify my time spent blogging, I have to get paid for it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm in the Carnival of Education! Again!

My 10 Signs You're an Urban Teacher made the Carnival of Education this week.

I hope everyone is having a GREAT summer so far (or will be shortly).

We're having a challenging summer. Our electrical system needed to be replaced (again), due to the high probability of us becoming, as my husband put it, a Human Zapper victim.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Links to Video

Animation of Mission Plan

This is so cool! Check out NASA TV.

Phoenix Lands!

I've been following the Mars Phoenix probe landing on the Science Channel.

1) Good landing. When the dust settles, the NASA team will be able to tell more about it.

2) The tough part starts now. The solar panels have to open, as the probe only has very limited battery power. The digging equipment has to work. But, first, it all depends on the solar panels and the camera.

3) For the next 90 days, the mission will be progressing.

This information is coming via The Discovery Channel.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Down for the Day

I was in a car accident last week, and my back and hip are still aching. My husband talked me into staying home today, both because of my pain, but also because the insurance adjuster is coming today. I'll make an appointment for later this week with the orthopedic specialist.

I hate to take off this late in the year - the state tests are later this month. But, it can't be helped.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In a Fast, Furious, Frenzy of Downsizing My Lesson Plans

I just checked my plan for the remainder of the year, and it's a little like trying to pack an elephant into a cocktail purse - it ain't gonna happen.

I have 2 1/2 weeks until the End of Course Test in Physical Science.  In that time, I have to include:

  • The elements
  • Organic compounds
  • Solutions
  • Chemical Reactions, and
  • Acids, bases, and salts
The kids are entering their slo-mo mode (summertime speed in the South, no hurryin').  Knowing the level of difficulty of the test, I'm feeling frantic (I'm obviously in an F mood).  I'm not expecting any answers, just feel like expressing my concern.

I just finished entering the interim grades, tonight I have to finish my last assignment for the online class I'm taking, and, when I've recovered from those, I have to have a nervous breakdown start modifying the plan.
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I'm in the Carnival of Education!

This week, I have a post in the Carnival of Education. Please check it, and the other education bloggers out.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How the Mighty Have Fallen!

I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you! Japan may be losing its academic edge.

New Technology Resource

I haven't seen this yet, but I'm planning on ordering soon.

Moving to a New Space

I've decided to move my blog to a new space. This space will still be open - I may even post occasionally. But, I've decided that I needed to move, as some people were blocked by filters from reading here.

Here's the new link. Be sure to bookmark it.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Why All Students Should Take Physics

This story about a dry ice explosion underscores the need for students to take more physics. The REALLY scary part is that he's a professor in Biology.
Francisco Lopes, a Stony Brook University researcher with a doctorate in biology, said he didn't know that storing dry ice in an airtight container could cause an explosion.
Not knowing that is the equivalent of a Physics professor not understanding that joining an egg to a sperm could result in a pregnancy. It's basic.

I realize that his specialty is biology, but, come'on, folks, it doesn't require a doctorate in Physics to realize that his action was not just thoughtless, but dangerous. A science person should know better.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Creation Degree

I wish I could say that The Onion site had this, but - NO:

I have no problems with this being a Religion or Social Studies certification, but not Science.