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Pop Quiz: Music in the Classroom

I am Jennifer and this is my official first post on School of Doubt.  I am public school science teacher in Pennsylvania and I without further ado here is today’s pop quiz. This week in my class we measured the densities of various drinks in order to estimate their sugar …

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Pop Quiz: Science Olympiad

Last year, I was asked (rather last minute) to help with our regional Science Olympiad. This is an event where teams from junior high or high schools compete in various science, technology, and engineering tests and challenges, earning points and medals for their team. It’s like a track meet for …

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Pop Quiz: Playtime in Class!

I am very very very excited because we just this afternoon got delivery of a portable planetarium to our department. SQUEE! This means we can take a planetarium show TO a school or community center or somewhere on campus. We have instant (well after ~45 minutes of setup) entertainment for …

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Guns in Schools May Mean No Insurance. Oops! Awkward.

Insurance companies are starting to refuse coverage to public school districts that allow teachers to carry guns in class. From USA Today, linked above: A new Kansas law allowing gun owners to carry weapons in public buildings, including schools, has thrust a major Des Moines-based insurer into the national gun …

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Pop Quiz: Did you bring enough for the whole class?

So if the Pop Quiz is late again that’s because it’s my BIIIIIIRTHDAY! I even got a cake! In a meeting! Having a summer birthday, I never really got to celebrate my loops around the Sun in the classroom. The thing to do back then was for the parent of …

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In Honor of American Independence Day, A Post about How Creepy The Pledge of Allegiance Is. Happy Birthday, America!

I guess I had better start with a disclaimer, though the necessity annoys me: I like America. I mostly like being an American. There are some areas in which we could use an upgrade, no question, but overall I feel fortunate to have been born and raised here. /disclaimer Now …

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Required Readings, 25 June 2013

Hello, hello! Good morning, fellow School of Doubt denizens. This is my first time doing a Required Readings post, so let’s jump right in! -Maryland considers new standards for science teaching in an effort to boost STEM skills. –A new report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences says …

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Pop Quiz: Science and Special Learning Needs

This week, I’m engaged in a professional development workshop using the citizen science project Moon Mappers. I’ve been fortunate to work with two powerhouse teachers, now (mostly) retired, that developed much of the middle school lesson plan that ties Earth and lunar geology. Their combines classroom experience spans several decades …

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Required Readings: 16 June 2013

Happy father’s day, to our American readers! There is a theme to today’s RR: the Common Core Standards. CCS is a topic we are going to have to tackle around here sooner or later, my friends. May as well familiarize yourself with the basics: Official Website of the Common Core …

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Primary Education

The horror, the horror: School Fundraisers

I have never taught at the primary/elementary level, but I have a child who went through the public schools, so I know plenty about fundraising. I know that it is terrible: 1. If you stop for two seconds during the fundraising frenzy and think about what you’re doing, you realize …

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