Archive for August, 2013

App for the Next Generation Science Standards

Retrieved from, for the original article click here. NSTA is excited to announce, in partnership with MasteryConnect, a free app for the Next Generation Science Standards. MasteryConnect, the makers of the most downloaded app for the Common Core (with over 700,000 downloads), has created a great way to get the standards in the palm […]

Differentiating for the Science Classroom Series

Do you have a variety of students in your classroom?  Do you have Special Education, Gifted and Talented, and  English Language Learners all in the same course or even the same period?  If so, you should consider attending our Differentiating for the Science Classroom  series.  This series consists of four workshops, three that target specific […]

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events […]

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

Know of a great environmental project? The state of Texas is accepting applications and nominations for the 21st Annual Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA), the highest environmental honor in the state. By recognizing the inspiring efforts of businesses, local governments, schools, students, individuals, and other entities, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is embracing […]

Physics Classroom Resource

Physics teachers, if you have never checked out the Physics Classroom site it is full of labs, problem sets, interactives and more.   Some of you will want to check out the animations on negative velocity and negative acceleration as I know those were topics of discussion this summer.  The animations are simple and often are […]

CAST Registration Opens Today

Each Fall thousands of science educators from across the state of Texas converge to get their geek on.  This year we will gather in Houston, November 7-9, 2013 for the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) to Keep the Bunsens Burnin’. Registration for CAST is scheduled to open today, August 15 online. CAST […]

Aerospace and Weather Related Webinars

AESP, the Aerospace Education Services Project, offers no cost webinars on topics related to space, climate, weather, physics and engineering design. Webinars are viewed through either a computer or iPad/iPhone with internet access.  Most webinars are held in the later afternoon/evening. View details and the schedule of upcoming webinars.

Notebooking Quick Tip

As you head back in to the classroom we wanted to share a quick notebooking tip with you. Composition books tend to get really thick during the course of the year and sometimes things fall out of them.  Hold them closed with a a rubber band. Here’s what ya need:   a single, hand-held hole punch […]

Exit ticket question ideas

Wondering what to do at the end of class to have students summarize their learning?  Exit tickets are a great way of collecting students’ thoughts about a lesson. One of the easiest ways to utilize exit tickets is to have students answer a question on a 1/2 size or smaller piece of paper.  Index cards, […]

TEA Releases STAAR Tests from May 2013

TEA has posted the released, 2013 STAAR Assessments. They can be found online as PDFs.