Cyber Bullying – An Increasing Online Threat

A little over four years ago, right here in this journal, we addressed a kind of bullying that was relatively new on the middle/high school scene – cyber bullying. Even though it was not a universally prevalent problem as yet, we speculated how and why it was on the rise and what measures would need […]

Atomic Breakdown

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, physicists using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that they think they are closing in on the Higgs boson. This hypothetical particle, if it exists, would explain how particles have mass. On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, physicists using the Large Hadron Collider […]

An American President: Meet FDR

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt In this month’s Internet Challenge™, we are going to learn about the 32nd president of the United States: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Nicknamed FDR, he was born to a […]

He Said, She Said: The Art of Classroom Conversation

Jack and Shelly are working together on a math story problem. As they talk to each other, they debate whether to use addition or subtraction. They search for key words and decide the best approach to take. Their discussion encourages both students to apply critical thinking for problem solving. As teachers, we know that learning […]

Games of Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical reasoning is an implicit thread throughout the Common Core Standards for mathematics. Indeed, the document even makes this explicit on page six, saying that the practices described in the Standards “rest on important ‘processes and procedures’ with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, […]

Earth’s Shaking

Earthquakes happen every day – literally! Humans have very “anecdotal” perceptions; that is to say, if a major earthquake hits “near home”, then we tend to assume that earthquakes are becoming more frequent and common. Is that the case? This lesson looks into our planet’s composition and just what earthquakes are all about! Earth is […]

The Occupy Movement

On September 17, 2011, the Canadian activist group Adbusters, initiated a protest movement in New York City against social and economic inequality. Named Occupy Wall Street, the movement soon spread throughout the United States and the world. What are they Angry About? After years of economic downturn and recession, people are upset for a variety […]

Hurry Up, Slow Down! Velocity-Time Graphs

Last month, students explored an introduction to kinematics and interacted with a variety of Web sites about position graphs (or distance-time graphs). This month we will move forward and take a look at how the changes in velocity are reflected on a graph. Velocity–time graphs, or acceleration graphs, reveal how the change in motion of […]

Getting to Know the Gas Laws Gang

Put a human face on the gas laws to help make these chemical equations and concepts more memorable. Like all science, principles, equations, and other types of frameworks and devices for helping humans better understand the nature of nature; it is built on the experiments, creativity, and knowledge from scientists that came before. The gas […]

Whaling in America

Whaling, the business or practice of hunting whales, can be traced back to prehistoric days. By the 16th century, the Basque whalers from Spain and France found great prosperity off the Labrador Coast and in the Strait of Belle Isle capturing right whales and bowhead whales. These hunters were followed by the Dutch and the […]

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