Even though Canada adopted the metric system in 1976, many Canadians still use the imperial measuring system. Although there are many good reasons for why the metric system beats the pants of the imperial system some habits are hard and the imperial system is widely used in Canada, just check the lumber section in your local hardware store or ask any Canadian how tall they are. The boys at Orange County Choppers do a great job, albeit probably unintentionally, at illustrating one of the chief disadvantages of the imperial system, namely how difficult it can be to apply it.
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.