Surprise Switch!

August 25, 2010 at 9:10 PM 3 comments

T-19hrs to school year lift-off, and I get a different assignment, going from 7th life science to 8th physical science. Mostly. Still have a 7th grade in the middle of the day.

I’m recovering and surprising myself by enjoying the challenge to come up with the whole deal – curriculum outline, new websites for homework, parent letter, policies and projects in a very short time. Colleagues, friends and family have been amazingly sweet and concerned, I really appreciate knowing they have my back. I’m getting over being mad and am looking forward to having some freedom to invent new stuff in a new subject area with the principal’s encouragement.

So watch this space for two new projects:

1. The Sports Project where students apply physics to a sport of their choice and use the scientific method to make measurable improvements. This is the second year out for this. I’m doing it with them, trying to get better at swimming or climbing. Haven’t decided which will be least embarrassing – pics of me in a swimsuit. Ouch. Or me hauling my substantial self up rocks. Oh wtf. I’ll do whatever seems most fun at the time.

2. The Problems with Oil Project (POP. Was going to call it Problems Of Oil Project but hmm, the POOP?) This one leads directly on from skills in TAP and concepts in physics and chemistry such as density, pH, energy and chemical reactions. Again, students will take some informed and effective action. This time they will make a multi media presentations for Open House – an ad to inspire action! But have yet to invent the whole thing :-).

The good news is that the district is so sorry about the scheduling snafu that they are extra receptive to the need for more computers in science, plus some cameras and mics needed to start really infusing technology into our curriculum, fitting nicely with the recent district push toward 21st Century Skills.

A sea change is slowly happening in our very traditional district, the signs are everywhere, and for a change, this change is a powerful, good thing.


Entry filed under: Egg Head Helmet Force & Motion Project, PROJECTS, The Problems with Oil Project, The Sports Project.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Walsh  |  August 26, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    I’m actually very excited for you! Even though it’s last-minute, don’t these kinds of things get all the juices going? – because I know you as a very creative and energized individual! I’m also buoyed by the idea that there is directional change coming in the pendulum swing of education philosophy. Here’s hoping. Meanwhile, have a great time inventing new stuff to fascinate kids!


    • 2. Sue Boudreau  |  August 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM

      Thanks, Susan. It IS exciting, even reading physics texts over the weekend and thinking about how to connect it all. I was a little worried about being bored teaching the same curriculum again this year, so here we are, part of the great plan. Or not 🙂


  • 3. Homeschool Ninja  |  August 31, 2010 at 6:05 AM

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