“Do not underestimate the value of education. Educate those around you; family, friends, everyone.” - Craig Mello (Nobel laureate)
Today it is World Teachers’ Day. This is event is held annually on October 5th since 1994 - when it was created by UNESCO - to celebrate teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. Since its inception World Teachers’ Day has been recognized across the world through activities ranging from students writing letters to their favourite teachers to national holidays in some countries. The Rocket Scientists would like to join the chorus of accolades celebrating the amazing job teachers do every day in classrooms and the vital contribution they make to society. So thank you teachers for guiding our children when they cannot find their way, supporting them when they feel lost, inspiring them and helping them find and develop the ability, passion and imagination to pursue their dreams. You are shaping and changing the world, one child at a time.
Take a few minutes to take a stand for teachers and say thanks to a teacher who has made a difference in your life or in the lives of your children, or visit www.5oct.org to send a World Teachers’ Day e-card.
Science classrooms are unique learning environments unlike any other classrooms. As a matter of fact, some things only happen in science classrooms. Here is a collection of event that happened in my own science classroom over the last school year. It's a growing list, so check back for updates.
Report from yours truly live-tweeting and navigating the melee at GETCA 2015 (Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conference).
Can a pencil be more than just your average run of the mill pencil? The legendary Palomino Blackwing Pearl can take a student or teacher's writing to new heights. We have taken a batch of the Pearls for a spin and are blown away by how much writing and sketching can be transformed by this unassuming pencil.
Dr. Pineda's Classroom is going YouTube with the release of its first screencast on the exciting topic of calculating percents. Only time will tell if this is the start of something big and shiny or just a passing fad.
After several weeks working on setting up habitats for new classroom animals the big day finally arrived. The newest addition to our classroom include aquatic denizens in our new aquarium and a teenage bearded dragon with lots of attitude and no table manners.