With less than two weeks left to the start of the next school year I have started setting up my new classroom for some serious science and math learning to take place. Today when I arrived at the school two packages were waiting for me. One perk of being a teacher is that if one puts ones mind to it one can always hunt down various free educational resources. A while back I ordered miscellaneous educational materials and resources from the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD), the steward of air, land, water and biodiversity here in Alberta. True to their promise they delivered the goods something which unfortunately, in my experience, does not not always seem to be the case with other governmental agencies; so kudos to ESRD. The timing could not have been better as I am in midst of planing for the school year and prepping my classroom. ESRD's contribution consisted of tonne of goodies about Alberta species at risk, reptiles, tree species, classroom activities and mountain pine beetles specimens, including bark with galleries and a sample of blue stained wood.
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.