What is climate? When we talk about the climate, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the temperature in an area. Africa typically has a high temperature and therefore, we think of it as having a warm climate. Antarctica is usually cold so it has a cold climate. But the term actually means more than just that. Climate is defined an area’s “average weather”, including temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and even seasons (What is climate change?, n.d.). Like many things in the … [Read more...] about Climate Change: What is it and why is everyone so concerned?
Hydraulic Fracturing a.k.a. Fracking, is a very poorly understood and yet, much-feared process. It strikes dread into many hearts but most people don't even know what it is. The process of fracking begins by drilling a well vertically to the depth of the oil and gas reserves which are usually found 1 - 2 miles (1.6 – 3.2 km) below the surface. Once the vertical column has been opened, the drill is turned 90 degrees and drilling continues in the horizontal direction for thousands of feet. Once … [Read more...] about What is Fracking and how does it work?
1) Don't look like an idiot in front of your students! Know your stuff, keep your credibility The fastest way to lose your students is for them to think you're an idiot. Why would they pay attention to someone who knows less than they do? This is the biggest mistake I find most new teachers make. They come in only a few years out from University thinking they know everything when they don't. Research your topic, review your notes, answer your own problems before you ask your students to. My … [Read more...] about Don’t look like an idiot in front of your students + 7 other things not to do as a teacher
Where would we be without the men and women who pioneered the science we now rely on? Would we have lights without Edison or Tesla? Space travel and GPS without Einstein? Maybe, maybe not. Yes or no, the world would be a different place without them. To help others better understand their contributions, I've created multiple Famous Scientist readings. I use them to help tackle literacy in my class by having my students read and answer questions from these articles. The questions include … [Read more...] about Famous Scientists – How would the world be different without them?
What's the best way to manage the end of year craziness that always ensues just before any school break but especially prior to summer? I've asked around and this is what teachers told me. I've broken the responses down by grade level. K - 5: I make sure to schedule time with friends or family towards the end of the year! So, then I don't stay at school all night and I get a break to breathe and relax! -The Friendly Teacher! I deal with the end of school craziness by moving the … [Read more...] about School’s Out … Almost! Dealing With The End of School-Year Craziness
Can you recall feeling restless, having trouble sleeping, being irritated and moody? There was probably something exciting (good or bad) going on in your life that you were stressed about. Stress is literally a reaction of your body to a challenge – any challenge or demand at all. In daily life, people use the word stress to state that they feel overwhelmed and/or not in control. It is usually related to an unhealthy and undesirable state of mind. Whether this is true depends on the duration of … [Read more...] about The Effects of Stress on the Brain