Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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The Science of Light: Light and Life


UNESCO’s International Year of Light offers many hooks for physical science lessons about the nature and behavior of light. (See part 1, “Waves, Particles, and More: The Science of Light.”) Another way to bring light into science classrooms is to examine the many ways in which light affects the growth and behavior of living organisms. Start with photosynthesis, the process through which plants harness light energy from the sun and turn … [Continue reading]

Waves, Particles, and More: The Physical Science of Light

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Light is central to all fields of science. It provides the energy that sustains life on Earth and powers numerous modern technologies, from lasers to fiber-optic communications. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2015 the International Year of Light to promote global understanding of light and its many uses. What is light, and where does it come from? Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions, … [Continue reading]

Creating a High-Performance Learning Environment


All teachers want their classrooms to be engines of learning where students feel inspired to focus, think, and participate and know that they are expected to perform. There are many ways to create this kind of high-performance learning environment, from changing the way your room looks to rethinking your class structure. Let’s look at a few ideas and options to get started. Setting the Standard How do you set a high standard for student … [Continue reading]

Teaching with Twitter

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Today it seems like everyone is on Twitter, following and/or being followed. There’s a hashtag for everything (#chestnuts, anyone?) and much of the traffic is devoted to fun and games and news. But away from the chatter, there is also a steady stream of educational Twitter use. It makes sense: Twitter is free, easy to use, and most high school students are already on it. But as late as September 2014, Ben Stern of TeachBoost described … [Continue reading]