Archives for August 2010

The Legacy of Katrina

This weekend is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans, and much of the Gulf Coast region.  Perhaps the best way to start this post is to watch this video which I embeded from the nola.com Hurricane Katrina page.  The video is a sunrise service (February 9, 2007) amongst residents of New […]

Science Progress

The Art of Teaching Science Blog advocates a progressive and humanistic paradigm for science teaching. One of sources of research-based information that I regularly consult is Science Progress, “a project of the Center for American Progress, specifically designed to improve public understanding of science and technology and to showcase exciting, progressive ideas about the many […]

Why Some Georgia Districts Choose Not to Partner with the State's Race to the Top Grant Proposal

Georgia was one of nine states and the District of Columbia to receive millions of dollars from the Race to the Top Fund from the U.S. Department of Education.  Georgia will receive $400 million. Not all districts in Georgia will participate in the Race to the Top grant.  Three large districts in the Atlanta area, […]

Why Some Georgia Districts Choose Not to Partner with the State’s Race to the Top Grant Proposal

Georgia was one of nine states and the District of Columbia to receive millions of dollars from the Race to the Top Fund from the U.S. Department of Education.  Georgia will receive $400 million. Not all districts in Georgia will participate in the Race to the Top grant.  Three large districts in the Atlanta area, […]

Race to the Top Winners

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the Round Two winners in the competition for $4.5 billion in the Race to the Top Fund. If you recall, Delaware and Tennessee were the only states to receive funding in Phase I of the competition. Now, 9 states and the District of Columbia schools were selected as […]

Art of Teaching Science Website Survey

Dear Readers, The link that follows will take you a survey that I have designed to solicit your feedback on the Art of Teaching Science Blog. The Art of Teaching Science Blog was started in 2005, and has had over a million visitors. It would be valuable for us to know what you think about […]

Why does the framework for a “new generation” of science standards need to be revised?

Last month in a blog post, I raised questions about the new framework for a new generation of science standards, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, and developed by the National Research Council. In particular I looked at the scant criticism that exists in the literature of the current science standards (NSES). In that post I […]

Why does the framework for a "new generation" of science standards need to be revised?

Last month in a blog post, I raised questions about the new framework for a new generation of science standards, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, and developed by the National Research Council. In particular I looked at the scant criticism that exists in the literature of the current science standards (NSES). In that post I […]

What are students to make of the number of extreme weather events?

In my last post on this blog, I discussed how Native science can inform about global climate change.  Some might say this is a stretch.  I do not.  In the Native science view of the environment, human communities are an integral part of ecological systems.  This is a fundamental concept of environmental science.  In this […]

Native Science and Global Climate Change

I wrote to a friend of mine who lives in Moscow, Russia to find out how he was doing with the extreme heat and fires that are creating the worst air pollution event in Moscow’s history.  He told me that he has been able to escape the heat by going to his daughter’s flat and […]

e-Readers & iPads: A Digital Learning Revolution?

There was an interesting article in USA Today raising questions about the use of e-readers, in particular, the iPad in higher education. Many of us who use these tools (right now my wife and I are on trip in the US Southwest & have with us an I-Book, an I-Pad, an I-Pad nano, and 2 […]

e-Readers & iPads: A Digital Learning Revolution?

There was an interesting article in USA Today raising questions about the use of e-readers, in particular, the iPad in higher education. Many of us who use these tools (right now my wife and I are on trip in the US Southwest & have with us an I-Book, an I-Pad, an I-Pad nano, and 2 […]

Native Science: A Paradigm for Science Education

The Art of Teaching Science weblog and book has, as its underlying philosophy, a humanistic paradigm promoting an active and lived learning experience for classroom learning.  I have been traveling in the West recently, and was fortunate to visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There in the museum […]

Views of the Rockies

Here a few photos and a clickable map of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

August in the Rockies