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Life Should Not Exist on Planet Earth – Yet, Here We Are!

Life Should Not Exist on Planet Earth – Yet, Here We Are!

In 1966, the atheist astrophysicist, Carl Sagan, who is widely known for his highly publicized explanation of the “pale blue dot” photo captured by Voyager 1 while looking back at Earth, reported that there were two requirements for a planet to be able to sustain...

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Learn From Food, Part 1: New England Region

Learn From Food, Part 1: New England Region

Teaching History and Geography Through Cuisine, Part 1: New England Region The United States is divided into a variety of regions. In this post, I will introduce the New England states, which are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode...

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Telling A Story With Sound – A Student Project

Telling A Story With Sound – A Student Project

A famous film director once said that “...70% of a film is sound.” I don’t know that we can put a number on it, but one of the most important lessons beginning filmmakers can learn is the importance of high quality and creative sound in their films. Instructors of...

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Is French Just for France?

Is French Just for France?

I believe that French is a very useful language and obviously très cool, but what if you don't plan on going to France? Is learning French still practical? Of course it is! But, I would say that because I'm a French teacher, right? Well, I decided to test my theory...

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The Fun of Summer Learning

The Fun of Summer Learning

If you are anything like me, you spend most of your time waiting for summer break. I love the idea of having a more laid back schedule, being able to sleep in a little, and not having to worry about deadlines. The first few weeks are almost always great; everyone is...

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Engaging with Content in United States History

Engaging with Content in United States History

Even though the United States is only 242 years old, its history is very rich. It is impossible for any teacher to expose students to every aspect of American History in a one-year course. In order to give students an opportunity to explore some aspects of our...

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Chemistry Students Learn by Doing

Chemistry Students Learn by Doing

Why are hands-on labs so important? What can a student learn from this approach? My favorite part of teaching science classes is performing labs. Experiments allow students to learn the material in a different way and for many students a better, more fun way. The goal...

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Beyond the Paper: Why Creative Projects Are Enriching

Beyond the Paper: Why Creative Projects Are Enriching

As an English teacher, you will never hear me discredit the merit of writing a good analysis paper. There’s something magical about formulating a well-tuned claim and finding the precise evidence and wording to effectively articulate and support the claim. That being...

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Logo: From Start to Finish

Logo: From Start to Finish

Logos are everywhere. From and M to a swoosh….Logos are what make a brand known. But how are they created? It might be more simple than you think. [video width="1440" height="900"...

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The DNA Makes Protein!

The DNA Makes Protein!

Starting the DNA unit in biology each year in November is one of my favorite times of the school year! We start with a little introduction song to get us pumped up and also learn that the basic function of DNA is, well, to make protein! If you’re not sure about that,...

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Using SketchUp in Beginning Architectural Design

Using SketchUp in Beginning Architectural Design

Prior to SketchUp, “friendly and forgiving” were not words that came anywhere near a conversation about 3D modeling software. Architecture students would spend semesters of their lives in classes solely dedicated to demystifying a computer program that would turn...

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