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Students make a "glob' of colored gummy candies, then use it to determine which atom they created, and learn how to get information from the peri...
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Students will use simple materials to determine the difference between a physical and chemical change.
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Students know all matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules. Students will construct molecules out of gum drop atoms and co...
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Description: Students will drop marbles into a pan of flour from various heights to see the effect of gravity on the marble. Florida Suns...
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Students explore the difference between heat and temperature. The free version is the full student worksheet. The pay version has all the notes...
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The inquiry design diagram is a graphic organizer to help students as they conduct inquiry based lessons. Since inquiry can be somewhat open, th...
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The students will explore the effect of pushing magnets together and storing energy in the magnetic field that surrounds a set of magnets.
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This is an inquiry based lesson in which the students have to find the amount of carbon dioxide in a can of soda. The handout is the activity sh...
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The Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram is a graph that is widely used in astronomy to categorize and graph stars. The plot is made by assuming th...
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Description: Students will count the number of stars in 2 pictures that are the same but at different sizes. Florida Sunshine State Standar...
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Students will describe the role of gravity in the formation of objects in the solar system and the paths of objects in the solar system. Calif...
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Students use popcycle sticks of various lengths to find the resultant vector. You will need to prepare a set of popcycle sticks with vectors draw...
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Description: Students will push on a car with a ball rolling down a ramp and then pull on a car with a string to examine how forces cause change...
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Description: Students will create slime to determine how mass is conserved and observable properties change during a chemical reaction. Cali...
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Since the distances are vast in the solar system and between stars, astronomers have created various units to represent these large distances. ...
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Students construct an egg drop and this lab requires that they find the speed of impact and assess the qualities that made the egg break.
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This is a project in which students have to build the strongest electromagnet and identify the factors that influenced the strength. The rubric...
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Florida Sunshine State Standard(s): SC.1.L.16.1. Make observations that plants and animals closely resemble their parents, but variations exist a...
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Students will examine images from an electron microscope to discover that atoms and molecules in solids are organized into repeating patterns.
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Description: Students will use crayons to model the rock cycle by first examining a crayon, shaving bits of two different ones to form sediment...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 16 years of teaching experience and curriculum development, having taught in high school for most of that time. I have extensive experience in teacher professional development primarily with middle and elementary school teachers. Most of the professional development is geared toward an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, with a great deal of emphasis of changing the beliefs of appropriate instruction that will maximize student achievement. Currently, I am the program director for GK-12 at the University of Central Florida, conducting professional development for ninth grade science teachers and research scientists, utilizing an inquiry pedagogy.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Scientific inquiry is the best way to teach and learn because it engages students in their own critical thinking and problem solving. Instead of teachers "telling" students what to do, the students construct their own meaning from the lessons. I utilize an ABC - CBV approach: Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary. This is an approach that is opposite of what most teachers traditionally use in their classrooms. However, it is most effective for student learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Radio Shack National Teacher Award, 2002 *Teacher of the Year, 1998 *Received multiple local grants and awards

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from Ohio State Univeristy, 1990

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have developed curriculum called Hank and Hannah: The Hurricane Hunters for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, that is available at www.wesh.com. I also appear on digital weather channel NBC Weather Plus that is currently carried in over 90 markets as part of their Weather Plus University, where we explain the science behind the weather. Archives can be accessed at www.nbcweatherplus.com/university/index.html. In addition, professional development is availble for much of my developed curriculum at www.inquiryinstitute.org .