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All About Science

In case you don't know, I LOVE SCIENCE! This newsletter is dedicated to discovery and curiosity, with videos and resources to help you help students understand the world around them. Some of these ideas a complex but not difficult. Science is constantly trying to explain how and why things are, so dive in and enjoy some mind bending learning.

Amazing Science Video of the Week

The idea of gravity baffles my mind. As a physics teacher, gravity was one of the most complex ideas to teach because it's not just a matter of what goes up most come down (I'm looking at you Voyager spacecraft). If it doesn't blow your mind then the video below might help.
Brian Cox visits the world's biggest vacuum chamber - Human Universe: Episode 4 Preview - BBC Two

Let's Talk Time - New Clock Affected by Graity

"My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian. O'Brian has thought a lot about this over the years. He is America's official timekeeper at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

To him, days, hours, minutes and seconds are a way for humanity to "put some order in this very fascinating and complex universe around us."

A New Clock May End Time as we Know It.

Five Science Facts That Aren't

Let’s start with a quiz…

  1. How many senses do you have?
  2. Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips?
  3. What are the primary colors of pigments and paints?
  4. What region of the tongue is responsible for sensing bitter tastes?
  5. What are the states of matter?

If you answered five; paperclips; red, yellow and blue; the back of the tongue; and gas, liquid and solid, then you would have got full marks in any school exam. But you would have been wrong. Click here to learn why.

So what should we do about it? Be honest. Find ways to communicate the truth without diluting science. Let's talk about five of our senses without saying there are only five.

Major Tom - Music from the ISS

Space Oddity

Teacher Spotlight - Lisa Phillips, 8th Grade Science at Prestwick

Lisa teaches 8th grade science at Prestwick STEM Academy. She is always finding novel ways to interest her students in science concepts. In fact, she is presenting at CAST on one of her PBL lessons she did last year about Mars!

In 8th grade, students have to be able to understand topographic maps, so Lisa had this cool idea to find topographic maps of Mars (not easy) and have the students analyze them then make predications about what Mars used to be like.This is a great way to peak students curiosity and have them see that science applies everywhere, not just on Earth. Thanks Lisa!

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Thursday, Nov. 20th, 11:30am

2201 N Stemmons Fwy

Dallas, TX

I will be presenting at CAST on Thursday! If you get a chance stop by. Learn about the FORCE (Far Out Resources for Classroom Effectiveness) at 11:30 and PBL at 1:30 in the Carpenter Ballroom.

Unit Test Grading Procedures

As you hopefully heard, how you grade unit tests has changed a little. Here is the converter and EasyGrader to make that process easier. Make a copy of the "Raw Score Converter" and you can enter grades manually or download them from Aware and copy and paste the raw score to have them automatically scaled.

Need more info about the why and how of unit test grading changes? Click Here