Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2014 Goal #1: Keep it fun!

I know I'm a fun teacher, at least that's what the kids tell me.  
My first goal of 2014 is to maintain that fun in the classroom.  I think this will be a goal for me every single year, especially once I creep into my 30s and 40s I still want to be a fun teacher!  And don't worry, the curriculum gets covered :)
Here is a wonderful video that helps to remind me that teaching Science has to be fun :)
Tyler DeWitt's TED Talk:

How I kept it fun in 2013:
Awesome bulletin boards
 Lots of games!
 My trip to NASA
 Even more games!
 Decorating my classroom 
 Doing art in Science class
 Even more games :)

Remember to have fun in 2014!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

How To Make Your Covers POP!

I was thinking about my product covers and how they all look the same, but they've got nice different color patterns... but honestly it has become more difficult to think of color combinations for them.  Thanks to Pinterest and color swatches (in particular Design Seeds) I now have a pretty much limitless supply of color combinations.  Here is a tutorial on what you can do to make your product covers POP!

Here are a few examples I played with:

The next two are based off of the same color swatch.  I can see one being great for Valentine's Day products and the other for Christmas products!

Good Luck!

Monday, 23 December 2013

My School's Christmas Present to a Student Fighting Stage 4 Cancer

Get the tissues ready!  Here is the video my school made to help support a Grade 10 student battling stage 4 cancer.  She is a wonderful young lady who I have had the pleasure of working with through the musical production.  I love my school!
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Add a Little Extra Christmas Cheer in Math & Science Class This Week

Hi all!
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, and the students are excited it might be hard to keep their attention.  My strategy: unit tests in the last two weeks.  Added bonus: I can take all Christmas Break to mark them and not feel any guilt about handing them back after 2 weeks!
Your strategy might include some Christmas games this coming week.
Here are some ideas:

Science Carols:

 Paper Airplane Crash Course:
 Minute to Win It:
 Festive Density Column:
 Egg Drop Down the Chimney:
 To the Moon and Back:

All of these can be found in my Winter Freebie here.

If you teach Math, I will have my Money Math - Christmas Adding Coins Bingo on sale this week.  It has everything you need - just print and play!  There are 30 cards in both the USD and CAD versions.  Check them out!

American Version
 Canadian Version
Good luck this last week before the break - you can do it!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Twitter Board In Action

My pin for how to create this Twitter Board using the Silhouette Cameo <3 has over 400 repins!  Wow!  How cool is that?!

Original Post

I want to show you all the finished product, and how I use it in class.

 I used the twitter birds that I cut out using the Cameo and arranged them onto 2 pieces of black paper that I cut from a single sheet of Bristol Board.  I also found the twitter font!  I had to alter the e and s myself to make it look good, but that was really easy to do on the Silhouette Studio software.
On another Bristol Board that was cut into two pieces, I have room for the Top Tweets from the last round of tweeting, and the most intelligent Science-related tweets on the #sciencerules board.  These tweets stay around longer than on the other two boards.

 The kiddos put their tweets on the board in order. Since the twitter birds are all numbered, I know when all of the kiddos have stuck their tweets up.  The posters themselves are laminated and on the cupboards by the door, so the kids can put them up as they leave too.
The kids were tweeting about what was wrong in the film Gravity. that we went to see together.
I designed these sticky notes on PowerPoint and then uploaded them to Vistaprint.ca.  I initially got 10 pads of sticky notes for $25 all in with shipping.  

All-in-all, this is going to take at least a couple of hours to do start to finish, and that's with the help of the Silhouette Cameo.  Is it worth it?  I would tweet:

I love my twitter board and the exit sticky notes my students use!
#silhouettecameo #sciencerules

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Gifts for the Science Geek

This weekend I've got quite the to-do list:  all sorts of stuff to do for the Yearbook, 5 class sets of marking, a bit of planning and cleaning and decorating the house for Christmas.  But the thing I dread doing the most this weekend is making my Christmas list!

My nucleus family doesn't buy each other Christmas gifts, and we haven't for YEARS - but since I've been with Mr. Brosseau things have changed.  I don't mind buying gifts for others, but I having the hardest time thinking of things for myself!

Maybe you have a Science Geek like me in your family.  Here are some ideas of presents to get for them this holiday season :)

Wood Periodic Table Clock - Baltic Birch Plywood

Periodic Table Geeky  Nap Pillow -  Chemistry Elements  -  Black Cotton Embroidered
Periodic Table Non-Metals Coasters, Set of 7 in Bamboo

This Etsy shop has SO many cool and nerdy posters.  I could buy them all!
All Four in One 11x14 Print -  Silhouette Scientists Art Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox Inspirational Sience Quotes

11x14 Science Art Marie Curie Rock Star Scientist Steampunk Print Radioactive Radiation Radioactivity Geek Scientific Educational Diagram

So many incredible posters from meganlee on Etsy!

Elements - Experiments in Character Design Flash Cards (small)
Element Flash Cards which I previously blogged about here and relates to my freebie on TpT.

Periodic Table Full Magnetic Set Geeky Science Gift

DNA earrings silver leverbacks gift for science dangle earrings

Antique Periodic Element from Periodic Table - Vintage Geekery Gifts for Teachers Science Art Typographic Print Science Gifts Science Nerd

If Mr. Brosseau would let me, I'd have these all framed and displayed in our basement!

I have this on my keychain for school!  The kids always seem to ask me why I have an elephant on my keys :P
Brain Cell

Still searching?  If those suggestions weren't enough, and the Science Geek in your life is a teacher, why not get them a TpT gift card, or pay for their purchases from the HUGE Cyber Monday Sale going on Dec. 2-3, 2013!

I will have 28% off my entire TpT Store when you use the code: CYBER

Happy shopping!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Marking, A Sigh of Relief and Bohr-Rutherford Diagrams

Depending on what the evaluation is, I sometimes love marking and I sometimes am just not motivated to do it.  Tests, quizzes and assignments that involve math... swoon! <3  Love it!
Lab reports, projects and written assignments... those are tougher.  I really have to work to motivate myself to get those marked quickly.  I am going to try to improve over the weekend and into next week.  I was very good this week though and marked a ton!  I also had 3 sets of unit tests, 2 sets of projects and 1 set of presentations coming up, so no wonder I was motivated!

How do you stay motivated to mark? Mine? Lock myself in my classroom and don't let myself go home until it's done.
What do you find the most enjoyable to mark?  Me?  I quite like quizzes and tests.
What is your most dreaded type of evaluation to mark?  Me? Lab reports.  Not the answer you were expecting from a Science teacher?  I'd even prefer to mark essays!

My time-saving PowerPoint on drawing Bohr-Rutherford diagrams
With lots of marking out of the way today, I decided to focus on some neglected loves: Bavarian Inn Root Beer from Frankenmuth (Thanks, Mom#2!) and TpT.  When I was printing off my 50+ page package of Grade 9 Chemistry Resources I re-discovered this gem I made last semester.  Check it out if you teach Chem.  I find it saves me soooooo much time when I teach Bohr-Rutherford diagrams! 
Happy Teaching!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Another Test Review Strategy

Ultimately it doesn't matter if you print off the suggested test review questions, have the students write them down in their agenda, put it on their test review outline, email it to them and have them write it down on their hand - they're going to lose it!  

What has been working well for me this semester is making brightly colored bookmarks with the test review questions.  The students slip these right into their textbook and can keep them there for exam review as well.  The kids also benefited from the page numbers for the answers on the first test.  

I color-code my units (yep, I'm that type) so the students know which bookmark belongs to each unit.  I print 6 on a page, so it doesn't use that much expensive beautiful paper.  Use a cute font and the kids will love it!  Well, as much as they can love doing test review questions.

Also, before our second round of units tests the students kept begging asking politely if I would make the test review posters again.  Check my blog post about them here.

Off to mark!

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