Why You Should Always Buy the Biggest Pizza Pi!

Yesterday was Pi Day, and as a high school science teacher, this is a big deal. Not as big of a deal as it is for math teachers, but until the practical but not-yet-widely-accepted Tau catches on, it’s the best mathematical constant we can celebrate during the school year. My wife Carol and I aboutContinue reading “Why You Should Always Buy the Biggest Pizza Pi!”

Can people in wheelchairs kick ass?

  A friend of mine shared this photo. It stirred up in me a lot of thoughts about disability (I have a complete L2 spinal cord injury, meaning I’m paralyzed from the waist down). Everything I wrote here applies to a non-disabled person thinking about a disabled person, or a disabled person thinking about aContinue reading “Can people in wheelchairs kick ass?”

I’m picking up a new hobby: Animation!

I just made this .gif file! Hype! I downloaded an animation app for mac called Hype. My first thought was to check out Adobe, but $50/month is a bit steep for me (or $20/month with the teacher discount). Hype is just a $50 one-time purchase. Why? Well, the short of this is that I wantContinue reading “I’m picking up a new hobby: Animation!”

Tic Tacs, Aliens, and Action Potentials!

Here are manipulatives I made and bought (i.e., tic tacs) to help students memorize the steps of action potentials! I have resources and a more detailed description of the lesson cycle posted below.    Developing the Action Potential Model We go through the action potential steps together first. We have a section on cell membranes at theContinue reading “Tic Tacs, Aliens, and Action Potentials!”

Common Origin and Varied Graphs in the Buggy Lab

For the buggy paradigm lab, I wanted the graphs to all look different so we could compare and contrast. To get some negative positions, I made a common origin out of tape and staggered the tables. I also made at least one group run their buggy the opposite direction so we could figure out theContinue reading “Common Origin and Varied Graphs in the Buggy Lab”

Big Idea Posters in Anatomy & Physiology

“Anatomy and Physiology is just a lot of rote memorization, isn’t it?” I have been asked that a handful of times, and my gut instinct is a resounding “no.” Then, I admit that there is a fair amount of memorization in my A&P class. That’s just part of the package. But memorization is not theContinue reading “Big Idea Posters in Anatomy & Physiology”

Innate and Adaptive Immunity – Flipping, Whiteboarding, Case Studies, Thinking!

EDIT: I now have my own adaptive immunity video! For my classes, I now use my own video instead of the Bozeman video. The human immune system is extremely intricate and complex. In a high school A&P class, it’s an extremely important but somewhat abstract process. Like every process in physiology, we have to simplifyContinue reading “Innate and Adaptive Immunity – Flipping, Whiteboarding, Case Studies, Thinking!”

Labeling the Urinary System…without my help!

Today, we wrapped up the digestive system and introduced the urinary system. It was a shortened schedule day, so we didn’t get too far. We only have about a week to spend on this unit because it’s the end of the school year. The exciting thing about this system’s introduction is that I didn’t haveContinue reading “Labeling the Urinary System…without my help!”

Whiteboarding to Review Osmosis

In Anatomy & Physiology, we are about to start section 10.4 Capillary and Fluid Exchange. This is a complicated section dealing that helps to identify the location of water in the body (60-40-20 rule), describe the structure of capillaries, and explain the factors (blood pressure and osmosis) that affect edema (i.e., swelling). We needed a refresherContinue reading “Whiteboarding to Review Osmosis”