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!”

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!

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 simplify it with a model, which we can add to as we learn more (for example, my students who go on to biology orContinue reading “Innate and Adaptive Immunity – Flipping, Whiteboarding, Case Studies, Thinking!”