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Think. Therefore, you are. (Descartes)
Think. Therefore, you are. (Descartes)

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If you are interested in making a difference...try to participate and WIN!!!
The November 1st deadline is fast approaching! Time to submit those applications for the Emperor Science Award. One hundred students across the U.S. will be selected, then paired with a mentoring scientist on a collaborative cancer research project, gaining invaluable science education in the process. ENTER NOW! http://to.pbs.org/emperoraward
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Introduce students to the engineering design process through this neuroscience activity from the Teaching Channel! Using eggs as model heads, students design and test football helmets to prevent injury to the "brains.” They then analyze potential "injuries" and real-life medical outcomes. http://to.pbs.org/1JMbVVh

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What can coffee roasting teach us about math? Lots! In this video from UNC-TV, students learn the algebra and chemistry behind the process. The lesson includes an interactive activity on algebraic reasoning and a video featuring Bill Nye "The Science Guy," as he explains basic algebra and its application in everyday life. http://to.pbs.org/1jhPqCL

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Read my take on creativity and invention

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Creating and Inventing
Ethos of Creation and Invention  I am convinced that creating something new requires a group of people to embrace a cultural ethos of creativity and invention and not much else.  Historically, creativity was deemed one of those 'innate' capacities that indi...

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Increasing Student Participation Blog Post

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Increasing Participation in the Classroom
Increase Participation in Classrooms with TALK MOVES Today's blog post is going to be short. I am interested in simply sharing a resource that I have found helpful in facilitating classroom discussion. I have to say for the record that, observing how a seas...

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More on Assessment - Climbing a Mountain: student anxiety and event-style assessment
Climbing a Mountain: Student Anxiety and Event-Style Assessment Recently, I was approached by a colleague that indicated some students were concerned about an upcoming exam for a course they felt was challenging. Their anxiety was palpable, my colleague not...

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See my post on Self-directed learning (second blog post).  I provide a few ideas for classroom implementation in my blog, Musings on Science Education. 
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