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BTSN – 2017

Welcome to Back-to-School Night 2017 I am always honored to meet the parents of the students I am lucky to have in my classes. This presentation is a brief overview … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

Opening Day 2017

April 2, 2017 The start of the baseball season is more important to me than most holidays. I try to get fired up for Valentine’s Day but it always feels … Continue reading

April 2, 2017

Welcome to the School Year!

You can’t imagine how excited get every year to start the school year. One of the unique joys of being a teacher is that I get to experience renewal every … Continue reading

August 24, 2016


I am introducing a new policy as it relates to grading homework in all of my classes. While I am loathe to make changes midstream, I think it is important enough to … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

LNB 2.0

Please refer to the LNB guidelines posted on the site: LINK

January 19, 2016

The Tyranny of “Nice”

“Wait, how do you know Marta? She was never in your class?” This might be one of the most common questions I get when in conversation about my profession. I’d have … Continue reading

August 17, 2015

Digital LNB

Introduction I am ready to implement yet another way of using a digital lab notebook in my classes. My attempts in the past have all possessed critical flaws that make … Continue reading

May 12, 2015

RPN Club – The New Woobie!

Woobie What type of relationship do you have with your calculator? Do you use it to do your bidding? Or is it smarter than you? Do you use it for … Continue reading

February 6, 2015

Data Analysis – The Power of Excel

Assignment Objectives Learn how to use a spreadsheet to record data. Use Google Sheets to collaborate with others on data collection Move spreadsheets between Google Sheets and MS Excel Perform … Continue reading

November 16, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday!

Five years ago I started my Pandora station [LINK] Seed Songs – There are 51 “seed” songs 1st song =  “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus NOTE – only seed … Continue reading

November 2, 2014

The Elements Song

From Wikipedia: “The Elements” is a song by musical humorist and lecturer Tom Lehrer, which recites the names of all the chemical elements known at the time of writing, up … Continue reading

September 15, 2014

Chemistry Lab Carol

Silent Night Silent lab, difficult lab We’re not calm, we’re not bright Round the lab table confused and alone Please, dear teacher, please throw us a bone We confess mistakes … Continue reading

December 10, 2013

Real Student-Teacher Conversations

Sometimes I try to imagine my job, my profession, as a series of conversations. Of course, this is actually true in a literal sense, as my entire professional worth (most … Continue reading

December 8, 2013

My Music

My students know that I play music in my classroom – it’s probably one of my defining characteristics as a high-school teacher. (I am a bit sad writing this…) I … Continue reading

November 10, 2013

Texting with Students

At the risk of appearing overly partial to a commercial product, I feel compelled to write about a powerful communication tool that I will use this year: Remind101. The service … Continue reading

August 26, 2013

Digital Textbooks

Blah, blah, blah (new beginning)…. blah, blah, blah (digital classroom)… blah, blah, blah (classroom of the future)… If you know me then you know that I have been stretching to … Continue reading

August 16, 2013


On most days I feel as though I am a complete idiot. This is not because I don’t know “stuff” or because I don’t occasionally have success at my chosen … Continue reading

May 16, 2013

Hall of Fame

I remember the first chemistry class I ever taught. I remember so many details that it would shock my family, as I am regularly accused of forgetting almost any detail … Continue reading

May 13, 2013