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Pop Quiz: Python in the Classroom

*Ha!  Not the snake! This whole post is about computer programming. This past weekend I went to PyOhio the Python programming language conference held in Columbus, Ohio. The conference serves the needs of both beginner and experienced programmers. So there were an array of different types of talks from introductory (“Hello …

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Hazing, combined kindergarten, citizen science in the classroom, and Common Core fight: Required Readings, 07.29.14

Those following the unfolding drama regarding the marching band at Ohio State University may be interested in this interview, which notes that “few hazing victims see it that way.” The Kindergarten Hub at one Detroit elementary school is moving in a different educational direction, with 100 students and 3 instructors …

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Introduction to Astronomy Survey

Warning: This post is Northern Hemisphere-centric! Also, keep in mind I did not do an exhaustive statistical analysis of this survey so take it as you wish. Every semester at the beginning of my Introduction to Astronomy course I give a variation of the survey from The Collaboration for Astronomy Education …

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Pop Quiz: Learner Centered In Large Classes

Normally, I teach a smaller sized class of anywhere from 27 -35 students. This summer I managed to get a larger lecture class on the order of 80 -100 students. No biggie right? I just have more papers to grade and more copies of homework and exams to get. Well …

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Teaching Science with Science Fiction – Weight vs. Mass

The Truth about Pyecraft by H.G. Wells – the difference between Weight and Mass This post is jam packed with story spoilers so if you would like to first read the story spoiler free here are two links to Google books versions; one from The Strand and the other from …

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Climate change ed, beliefs about science, retaliatory tenure denial, not-so-native in the Digital Age, and LSEA repeal 2014: Required Readings 4.22.14

Starting off this Earth Day edition of Required Readings is a piece on the inclusion of climate change topics in curricula around the globe. Meanwhile in the United States, some states are rejecting the Next Generation Science Standards because of their stance on climate change (ie, they indicate that climate …

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Taxonomy tool, no NGSS in Wyoming, higher ed and equality, secular student groups, sex ed, and challenged books: Required Readings, 4.15.14

Developing educational goals and learning objectives for a presentation, course, or curriculum? Take a look at this online Bloom’s Taxonomy tool, which provides outcome verbs, instructional strategies, and assessment questions for each of the six levels of the taxonomy. The National Center for Science Education has an update on the …

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A Demonstration of Newton’s Third Law

Background Newton’s Third Law states that for every action force there is an equal and opposite reaction force.  In other words when I walk and I push on the floor with 650 N of force (~145 lbs) the floor pushes back on me with the same 650 N of force.  …

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Streams of Consciousness: Science Olympiad

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being an event supervisor at one of the regional sections of the Science Olympiad here in the Midwest for the second year in a row. If you are not familiar with this competition it is for K-12 (this one was just middle …

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PhD(isabled), LA school board settlement, sex ed, quackademic medicine, and more: Your Required Readings for March 18, 2014

To start off our Tuesday readings, we want to draw your attention to a blog that recently came to our attention, about the intersection of disability and academia. In happy news, a federal district court approved a consent decree requiring the Sabine Parish School Board to stop imposing Christianity on …

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