Last week I visited a local grade 6 school to tell the students about their great Canadian boreal forest and the tiny, but mighty, mountain pine beetle. This was the second time I visited this school and unbeknownst to us I have apparently acquired the nickname “Beetle man”. I also brought with me tree cookies, beetle damaged bark and wood with galleries, a plate of blue stain fungus, beetle specimens and a stereo microscope. I also brought live Alberta born beetles with us to show the students, so clearly I lived up to my nickname. I had lots of fun with the students and got many great questions. The students very intrigued that such a “cute little bug” could cause so much damage.
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.