Posts tagged "climate change"

This Earth Day, vow to keep your eye on the prize—protecting our planet

This Earth Day, vow to keep your eye on the prize—protecting our planet
In my mind, every day is Earth Day. I try to create public awareness of environmental issues, like the greenhouse effect, because I believe that climate change is the most pressing problem on the planet. Our human activity (pollution) creates greenhouse gases that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s the reason it’s called the... Read more »

The Lorax investigates the teaching of climate change

The Lorax investigates the teaching of climate change
“Mrs. Stern, it’s true.” “What’s true, Ross?” I am very careful, especially when I am teaching scientific concepts, to distinguish fact from theory. “The Lorax, Mrs. Stern, he’s off to Whyoming.” This is not a typo. My students and I have renamed that state because the Whyoming legislature seems to have succumbed to political and... Read more »

Infuse joy and fun in your classroom: Carnival (like Mardi Gras), education style

Infuse joy and fun in your classroom:  Carnival  (like Mardi Gras), education style
Yes.  I’m a little late for Mardi Gras, but not for class—or usage of “Carnival” tactics in class.  In my current creativity class, we studied Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher who wrote extensively about dialogue and the importance of dialogue in the classroom and in life.   Put simply, Bakhtin believed that dialogue—even an utterance—is critical... Read more »
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The Midwest is in a deep freeze; is climate change the culprit?

I had a hunch.  When Al Roker said think of the polar vortex like a hurricane, I thought the extreme weather that the Midwest is currently having must be linked to climate change.  I’m not an expert in the field, but I’ve spent years teaching about the topic because it’s one of the most challenging... Read more »

The Smart Home: Where Science, Technology, and Sustainability meet at the Museum of Science and Industry

It is so important to use “top-notch” science curricula. As gifted expert Joyce VanTassel-Baska observed, “[p]erhaps no curriculum area better captures the natural curiosity and intellectual spirit of gifted students than does science.” Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners, p. 196. In 2001, my students and I were introduced to one of the finest science curricula... Read more »