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The author is an American, New Englander, science teacher and blogger.

A favorite quote: “A room without books is like a body without a soul” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, 1st century BC


Here’s a great throwback photo. Never too early to role model family values, literacy and the love of learning.

Dad and daughter

Pedagogical strategies

ADI ( argument driven inquiry)

Clock Ringers

CER – Claims Evidence Reasoning

CER – Scientific Method topics from the AMNH

CER – River ecology Scientific Method from the AMNH

Close reading strategies

High Interest Articles

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations


Note-taking: Cornell notes, Guided notes & Harvard notes


Pedagogical theory

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Use and misuse

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Thinking well requires knowing facts

Students need to engage in internal mental reflection

Making meaning: Every new piece of knowledge is learnt on the basis of already existing knowledge

Thinking well requires knowing facts

Tier I, II and III vocabulary

Learning styles and multiple intelligences

Reframing the Mind. Howard Gardner and the theory of multiple intelligences, By Daniel T. Willingham

Articles by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham


Challenges with modern students

Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by age 3

The Writing Revolution: Students’ inability to translate thoughts into coherent, well-argued paragraphs impedes achievement

For students: Writing

Good writing and avoiding plagiarism

How to write a physics lab report

Developing writing skills: Verb wheel


Learning Standards

College Board Standards for College Success cbscs-science-standards 2009

Prep for Standardized Tests

PSAT science questions

Prof Devel log NGSS Science discussion group

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Note: There are presentation (“PowerPoints”) on this website. Many people think that ‘PowerPoint’ is a type of file you need Microsoft Office to open. This idea locks people into buying a MS Office subscription for $100/year. However, this is not so – PowerPoint is just a presentation format, and you can make, view and edit presentations interchangeably with any of the programs notes below, some of which are free: OpenOffice – Impress;  LibreOffice – Impress; GoogleDocs – Slides; Corel WordPerfect – Presentations; MS Office – PowerPoint

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