January 2011

Archive for January, 2011

Amazing Fog

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

This is the view from the Skyride entrance on Grouse. I just loved it. I see cool science anywhere I go. This photo is also interesting as it combines cool science and art. Interestingly, one of the course assignments in my elementary science methods class is to notice something interesting science related and post a […]

The Powers of Ten

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

As I have been preparing my next lesson for my pre-service elementary teachers, I decided to focus on the Powers of Ten. Every science educator has his or her favourite topic or resource. For me, the original 1977 movie by Charles and Ray Eames is The resource. There are many modern versions of the movie, […]

Globe and Mail on the Success of Immigrant Children in Canada

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Being an immigrant myself and a science educator, I read today’s article in Globe and Male on the success of immigrant children in Canada with great interest. The authors of the paper provide a thoughtful and informed discussion about what is happening in Canada and how the children of immigrants are succeeding (or not) in […]

First Week of My Science Methods Course

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

This term I teach a Science Methods course for elementary teachers. My students will be teaching 5-7 grades when they graduate and I was asked to teach them science or to be more accurate, to teach them about HOW to teach science. Although I have been a science teacher for many years (scary to think […]

AAPT Winter Meeting 2011 – Why Professional Development Matters!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I am an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and I try to attend two AAPT meetings yearly. The 2011 AAPT Winter Meeting took place in Jacksonville, Florida from January 8-12, 2011 and I was very fortunate to attend it. I would like to share a few things that I will remember […]

Science Education Encore

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Today I had a chance to attend a very interesting and inspiring presentation by Dr. Jim Rutherford, who today was awarded an Oersted Medal by the American Association of Physics Teaching. This presentation was such a powerful experience for me. Dr. Rutherford is an example of a science educator who made a real difference in […]

Science and Music: Jamey Turner

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

January is a month when hundreds of physics educators from all over the world meet at the Winter American Association of Physicists Meeting. This year’s meeting takes place in Jacksonville, Florida during January 8-12. While there are many exciting events happening during the meeting one drew my attention more than others. A musician (a glass […]

Why do we have too few women leaders?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

This is an amazing TED’s talk. I strongly recommend it to all people who care about education. Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Mrs. Sheryl Sandberg talks about why women are underachieving despite all the efforts that had been done in the last decades.  This is true “anywhere in the world” in “any field” and this […]

Day Length Change

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Winter to most Canadians means snow and cold temperatures. It also means very short days and lots of darkness… If you live in Canada, or somewhere in the North or in the South, I do not need to convince you that day length plays an important role in your life (what I mean by it […]

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I would like to wish all my students and colleagues a very happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year! May 2011 be a wonderful year for all of us! I am very excited about the courses I am going to be teaching (Science methods for elementary teachers and practicum) and about the research my students and […]

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