A Dangerous Substance

The following is a warning I often gave to my chemistry students. “Class, in this week’s activity we are going to be using a substance that, if inhaled, could kill you. I am being completely serious. “Hundreds of Canadians die each year by inhaling this particular compound and I don’t want it to happen in… Continue reading A Dangerous Substance

Book Smart

Book Smart This conversation took place in a staffroom very early in my career. A group of teachers were talking about favorite books. Teacher 1: “I really liked, War and Peace.” Teacher 2: “Tolstoy?” Teacher 1” “No, no. True stroy.” I wrote it up and sent it into Reader’s Digest thirty years ago but it… Continue reading Book Smart

Sink Your Teeth into This

Many years ago there was a Chief Petty Office in the navy who was concerned that one of his messmates might drink his beer while he was in the head (washroom). To ensure that that didn’t happen, he came up with a very unique solution. Before leaving the table he simply took out one of his… Continue reading Sink Your Teeth into This

Loud and Clear

My father was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It is a Parkinson’s related disease that results from damage to nerve cells in the brain. It affects movement, control of walking, speech, swallowing, etc. It was tough for us to see his decline. It was particularly tough on him as his mind was good right up… Continue reading Loud and Clear

This Little Light of Mine – Part III

……….. continued from last post It was three years later. I was presenting a physics-based lesson to a grade 5 class in another school. I don’t recall why I had an actual candle, perhaps the activity was about light, but at one point I pulled it out of my box of materials. We were sitting… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine – Part III

This Little Light of Mine – Part II

When my children were young I started taking interest in elementary school science. I was curious to know how the subject was taught and what topics were covered. As my knowledge grew, I developed a number of science presentations suitable for grades 2-5. For several years the superintendent granted me a number of release days… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine – Part II

This Little Light of Mine – Part I

As a science teacher it was important to me that my students understood the concept of thinking scientifically. If nothing else, I wanted them to understand that to be scientific one simply needed to make sufficient observations before forming a conclusion. If we all approached life in this manner then we would be well on… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine – Part I