A Question of Volume

This week I was the substitute teacher for 8th grade Introductory Physical Science. To stretch those young minds and break up the seat work a bit, they were given a challenge to see what they understand about volume. They could work individually or with partners. The Challenge: The town of Bumpus had inherited a squareContinue reading “A Question of Volume”

Small Teachings

Yesterday I lucked upon a book on learning that was so interesting that I read it in one sitting. Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang (2016) explains small changes or quick activities that you can incorporate into any course to boost student learning. He breaks down several strategiesContinue reading “Small Teachings”

Sixth Grade Latin

When I have time, I enjoy hanging in classes at the Rivers School, in Weston, MA. This is 6th grade Latin. All sixth grade students are required to take Latin 6. This course uses the Cambridge Latin Course, Unit I, a text that offers a flexible, dynamic approach to studying Latin. From the outset, studentsContinue reading “Sixth Grade Latin”

Middle School Mafia

When I subbed a Middle School Theater Arts class recently, the students played an improv game called “Mafia.” Improvisation is the the ability to take existing pieces and put them together in a new combination for a purpose. Improvisation teaches students how to make decisions quickly, how to keep calm in a fast and emotionalContinue reading “Middle School Mafia”