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Tanya Windham's picture
Tanya Windham
8th Grade Science Teacher

Hi, I am an 8th grade science teacher in North Platte, NE. I am looking forward to some good conversations, gathering ideas, and collaboration from others. There is so much available, sometimes it is hard to bring it all into focus.

Anita Doyle's picture
Anita Doyle
middle and high school teacher in MS alternative school

I currently teach about 25 students in 10 different subjects, most of them sciences. I am looking for resources that cover basic concepts in science with emphasis on technology . After almost 10 years of teaching various sciences in alternative school and attempting to "cover" so many subjects a day, I have found that there are actually a finite number of "big tent" concepts that form the basis of every subject and level of science. Our students stay (usually) for only 30 days and my assignment is to try to cover the objectives being covered by their home school teachers, although I have a lot of leeway because of limited resources available in a school whose primary focus is behavioral modification. Because I see so few students a day, I pride myself on trying to send most students back to school with a better understanding of the core ideas of science and tring to spark their interest in some aspect of science.

Indiren Naiken's picture

Hello All:I am a Math teacher at Edenwood Middle School ,Mississauga,Ontario ,Canada.I Have been teaching Math for the past twenty five years.I am more experienced at teaching Math for the International O and A level Examination of Cambridge University,England.

Dawn Guy's picture
Dawn Guy
Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Anatomy teacher from Alabama

I have been teaching for 20 years-the last 14 at a small K-12 school in rural Alabama. I am looking for ways to increase student engagement, critical thinking skills, and technology in my classes. My students have always done very well on the science and biology portions of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, but I am wondering what am I really teaching them? I'm looking for help in project-based learning ideas.

Pat Young's picture
Pat Young
Middle school teacher from North Carolina

I'm a software engineer who has recently moved into teaching. If I had my way, there would be no science books, only science projects where students are guided through science, physics and math through sequentially more challenging investigations. Perhaps it's different at the high school level (I teach middle school), but you can't tell a student nothin'! For learning to occur, the student has to prove it to him/herself. I'm only there to show them what they don't know and explain what happened, it seems. Since I won't always be there, I try to get the student to learn how to learn and remove myself from the "Sage on the Stage" equation. That's the goal at least.

My dream is to put together a fully integrated online science curriculum that builds upon experiments that the student can do at home or in the classroom with basic (cheap!) materials. Hey, we're poor too. Kleenex anyone?

Geoff Bonvallet's picture
Geoff Bonvallet
Asst. Professor, South Dakota State

Hello, all. This is my fifth year as an emergency-hire faculty member* teaching undergraduate and graduate physics at the university level. I'm currently trying to keep my head screwed on with a 194-person class (no TAs), but it certainly challenges me to innovate with presentation and management techniques. I hope to pick up some helpful ideas here.

*If you're wondering how that makes sense, it's a trick used to avoid the promotion schedule for a "real" position

Florence Duarte's picture

Hi all;

I am a former MS/US science teacher who was drawn into technology about 10 years ago...and have worked as tech specialist supporting and trainning teachers for the last 7 or 8 years
Just recently, due to budget cuts, I have been placed back in the MS science classroom and am loving it! as it gives me the opportunity to "practice what I preach" as well as model, for other faculty, the learning benefits technology brings.

I have currently come across a STEM project put out by Discovery Education/United Streaming - called Fuel Our Future - that I am excited to adapt and try out with my 8th grade science class.
I hope you - with your experiences, brains, and suggestions - help me out as I iron out the details of implementation for this project and many others to come...

I would love if my students could share - if not collaborate - with other 8th grade students around the world on this endevor that will ultimately get them to design cars for the year 2020.

by the way: I am in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

(in both twitter and facebook I am @floduarte)

regards from sunny Rio

Robin Nehila's picture
Robin Nehila
5th and 6th grade math teacher

Hi everyone, I am just finishing up my education degree, my content area is math, science and technology. Unfortunately they just discontinued that option at my university. The nice thing about that option was that after passing the appropriate praxis exams we are qualified for middle school math and science. I have the math praxis done and will do the science soon. I am currently student teaching in an 8th grade algebra class. Loving every minute of it!

B. G. Hennessy's picture
B. G. Hennessy
Children's Book Author

I'm a children' book author ( and have been working on a project that introduces young (K-2nd grade) to the vocabulary and concepts of math and science. I am interested in getting finding out what current materials are getting kids excited about math and science, rather than scared, as well as what types of materials are not working. Thanks!

Vicki Cobb's picture
Vicki Cobb
Author of many science books for children

Hi Everyone: I've been writing science books for a long time. My best known book is Science Experiments You Can Eat, published originally in 1972, revised in 1994 and still in print. I've written about 95 other books and lately I've been making videos, which are published on my website: I believe that kids will learn science (and other subjects) better if instruction is coordinated with well-written, engaging, accurate, kid-friendly books. So I've formed a company with some other award-winning children's nonfiction authors. Check out our website: Right now the website features a FREE searchable database of our books in all curriculum areas. but soon we'll be offering professional development to teachers via videoconferencing. Reading in the content area promotes literacy as well as knowledge.

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