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Time for a brain break! If it's the first few days back from winter break ❄️ let your middle and high school students walk and talk about their New Year's celebration.Teenagers like to talk about what they do during their free time. These partner
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, The New Year
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
Students study the structure of the atom with m&m's atoms on a paper plate periodic table! This lab investigation on edible "electrons" and elements explores the Essential Question: How are Elements Arranged in the Periodic Table? And, How Are
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science, Halloween
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Laboratory
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.6, RST.6-8.9
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
The film October Sky (1999) is adapted from "Big Creek Missile Agency" and Rocket Boys: A Memoir, by Homer Hickam Jr. They tell the heart-touching story of growing up in a rural West Virginia mining town in the late 1950’s, and a boy and his
Subjects:
Science, U.S. History, Engineering
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Guided Reading Books, Movie Guides
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
Time for a brain break! It's the first days back from Winter Break ❄️ and a chance for team building in the classroom. Let your middle and high school students walk and talk about their New Year's Resolutions with this "Find Someone Who..."
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Character Education, The New Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Fun Stuff, Mnemonics, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
Motion Graph Matching Card Game Make a game of reviewing motion graphs, and challenge students to find all four matching sets of position-, velocity-, and acceleration-time graph cards and data descriptions. The product contains 28 cards – seven
Subjects:
Graphing, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Flash Cards
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
All scientific theories are based on natural laws. But not all natural laws have a scientific theory. This concept comparison helps Ss contrast How is a Scientific Theory Different from a Natural Law, and the question exploration helps Ss explain
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, General Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lectures, Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
This concept comparison is between: Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion, and how they relate to Newton's Laws of Motion and the Law of Universal Gravitation. Bring a calculator!The Concept Comparison Routine is used help compare and contrast key
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Physics
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Study Guides, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
How do scientists use graphs? This concept comparison helps students contrasts bar graphs, pie charts and line graphs created from categorical and numerical data. The recall device uses DRY MIX and TRAILS as acronyms to help Ss remember how
Subjects:
Graphing, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Laboratory, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
What are weather fronts? This question exploration and concept comparison frame helps Ss contrast four different types of weather fronts are, the kinds of weather they bring, and the air masses associated with them.Question Exploration Routine and
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Other (Science)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Study Guides, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
Many people use the terms “accuracy” and “precision” interchangeably. However, for students of science, these words have different implications. This concept comparison helps Ss contrast between accuracy and precision in measurements, and between
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lectures, Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
How is Marine Life Classified by Location? With help from the crew of the Krusty Krab, this Question Exploration explains how marine life in the open oceans (and Bikini Bottom) is either plankton, nekton, or benthos, like the characters from
Subjects:
Science, Biology, Other (Science)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lectures, Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
What is the relationship among conduction, convection, and radiation? This concept comparison helps Ss contrast thermal energy transfer methods between solids and fluids, and between objects in contact and being isolated. The Concept Comparison
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education
Types:
Lectures, Study Guides, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
This product includes two versions of my M&M half-life laboratory activity. One version is a more traditional Earth Science radioactive dating lab. The other is slightly more advanced Physics inquiry based lab that requires the use of a graphing
Subjects:
Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Physics
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Laboratory
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.6, RST.6-8.9
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
What methods are used to locate and keep track of storms and hurricanes? This question exploration helps Ss explain latitude and longitude coordinates, and contains a lab activity from NOAA to practice hurricane tracking.Question Exploration
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Activities, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
5
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By TheScienceGiant
Flame Test of Compounds and Colors is a low cost lab demonstration to fire up your students. This chemistry lab uses hand sanitizer and household chemicals of sodium chloride (table salt), potassium chloride (salt substitute), sodium borate
Subjects:
Astronomy, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.6, RST.6-8.9
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
This Question Exploration help Ss answer the question: What is radioactive dating? (such as carbon-14 dating), and How is half-life decay?Question Exploration Routine is an instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student
Subjects:
Science, Archaeology, Earth Sciences
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Study Guides, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
How to review withOUT drill and kill: Logic Line-Ups. I use this Logic Line-Up to review the three major types of faults in earthquake zones (normal, reverse, and strike-slip) and plateaus that are uplifted by the fault-blocked mountains.Develop
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, General Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question about cosmic distances: How Do Astronomers Measure Extreme Distances? (astronomical units and light years )Question Exploration Routine is an instructional methods that teachers can use to help a
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lectures, Study Guides, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
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By TheScienceGiant
How to review withOUT drill and kill: Logic Line-Ups. I use this Logic Line-Up in my Science classes to review optics and thin simple lenses (concave, convex, prism and plane lenses). Develop your students' thinking skills with hands-on cooperative
Subjects:
Geometry, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
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By TheScienceGiant
How to review withOUT drill and kill: Logic Line-Ups. I use this Logic Line-Up puzzle to review the reasons for the seasons, solstices and equinoxes in the Northern Hemisphere. Develop your students' thinking skills with hands-on cooperative logic
Subjects:
Astronomy, Earth Sciences, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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SCIENCE TEACHER & ROBOTICS COACH
AUG 2016 – MAY 2018
South Tech Preparatory Academy
Boynton Beach, FL
- Certified in Physics (6-12) and Earth Science (6-12)
- Teach Grades 7 and 8 Comprehensive Science 2 and 3 courses;
- Supervise science department staff;
- Plan and coordinate all STEAM related educational activities, including the purchasing and planned use of tools and resources;
- Coach for LEGO FLL robotics club;


SCIENCEGIANT
MAY 2015 – MAY 2016
Kids Wonder Lab, LLC
Lake Worth, FL
- Responsible for management of a STEAM lab and Makerspace including instruction, and I.T.;


SCIENCE TEACHER & ROBOTICS COACH
AUG 2001 – APR 2015
School District of Palm Beach County, FL
- Certified in Physics (6-12) and Earth Science (6-12)
- Taught Advanced Placement Physics, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Astronomy, Earth Science, Integrated Science, and Comprehensive Science courses;
- Coach for VEX and FIRST robotics teams, Engineering club coordinator;


DIRECTOR OF ASTRONOMY EDUCATION
OCT 1997 – MAR 2001
South Florida Science Museum and Buzz Aldrin Planetarium
- oversaw planetarium theater operations including budget & financial management; supervised staff & volunteers
- presented live sky talks, telescope viewing in Henry C. Gibson Observatory
- NASA Solar System Educator teacher training and curriculum development
- writing articles, press releases & radio segments for “Sci-Fi Overdrive”

MY TEACHING STYLE

Educators need both the lesson and the lesson plan. So I try to stand in your shoes before you stand on my shoulders. I consider budget barriers, high tech/low tech/no tech classroom implementation, how there will be student ownership of results and opportunities for their remediation. Also, I hate gimmicks. If it is shared with colleagues as a best practice, it should be because we are committed to using it—our classroom are our testimony before witnesses.

If all “teachable moments” are attempts to make connections in the learner to their experiences and existing background knowledge, then this is more than short-term science standards we want pupils to understand, and then demonstrate mastery of benchmarks. This is learning for a lifetime. There is active involvement, good modeling, worthwhile topics, and presenters who are not only knowledgeable but also aware of our needs. Also, good professional development renews and reinvigorates adult learners. Being lifelong learners, it reinforces the importance of continuing to learn, to re-evaluate and re-contextualize.


Strategic Instruction Model™ (SIM)
SIM is a research-validated literacy program from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. Content Enhancement is an instructional method that uses powerful teaching devices to organize and present course information so that all students can understand and remember. Teachers use SIM Routines to transform abstract main ideas and key topics into a concrete representation that helps students think about and talk about the key topic and essential related information. SIM is about promoting effective teaching and learning of critical content in schools. SIM strives to help teachers make decisions about what is of greatest importance, what we can teach students to help them to learn, and how to teach them well.
- Think about and organize content
- Explore text, topics, and details
- Teach complex concepts
- Help students complete their work

Kagan Cooperative Learning
Cooperative learning is a type of structured peer interaction emphasizing collaboration between peers, active learning, academic achievement, positive human relationships, equal participation and equal status of students in the classroom. Students can work together by following the steps to the structure, using material or content selected by the students themselves or by the teacher. Kagan structures have various aims, such as: building team spirit and positive relationships among students; information sharing; critical thinking; communication skills; and mastery (learning/remembering) of specified material. Many of Kagan structures can fulfill a number of aims simultaneously, depending on how the teacher uses them. Kagan structures can be mixed and matched, and adapted to the particular student group.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

* 2018 William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education, finalist in the category of S.T.E.M. Education
* The Engineering Council 2014 Outstanding S.T.E.M. Educator Award.
* 2010 SECME, Inc. National Teacher of Year.
* Palm Beach County (Florida) SECME School Coordinator of the Year 2007 & 2010.
* RadioShack 2004 National Teacher Award for educational excellence.
* Palm Beach County Science Educators’ Association Award FY 2002-2003 Science Teacher of the Year.
* selected by Florida Space Grant Consortium in 2006 for Florida’s Zero-G Experience for Teachers, one of 15 educators flown in weightless environments in order to enhance math and science curriculum development.
* national finalist in AIA Team America Rocketry Challenge 2007 with Boynton Beach High School “TARC Tigers”.
* national finalist in FIRST Robotics Competition 2014 with Team 179 “Children of the Swamp”.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

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ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The figure for TheScienceGiant is from A Giant Seated in a Landscape, also called "The Colossus" by Francisco de Goya. One of Goya’s most striking images, it is a burnished aquatint etching created around 1814. The giant turns his head over his shoulder to look at you, as if he has been pulled from pondering the Moon, and invites you to join him in cosmic contemplation.

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