On Being a Public Educator, or: Once Again, Why I Love The Web

Transforming by connection In my time as a teacher, I have tried purposefully to connect my students to experts beyond the walls of our classroom. When I began as a teacher in 1991, this was a pretty difficult task compared… Continue Reading

Another Thousand “Whoa” Moments

Defining whoa A whoa moment is somewhat akin to the recently ubiquitous aha moment. And yet, there are important differences. Trolling online definitions of the “aha” moment generally returns descriptions of sudden comprehension or the “flash of insight related to… Continue Reading

Online Learning Networks in Science – An Interview

In keeping with the concept of using this blog as not only a synthesis of what I think, but also of what I do, I add this post. Last week I recorded a telephone interview with the folks at natureEDUCATION… Continue Reading

Biology Educators Network Builds Partnership

The need arises A couple of years ago a few of my digital friends and I brought this space to life: The Synapse. A week later I wrote about it here.  The site derives its origin directly from a frustrating… Continue Reading

When The Classroom Lacks Walls

How do you see to it that your classroom studies are authentic?  I’m a fan of immersion.  For the past decade, my Midwestern Marine Biology class has included a week-long field study of the coral reefs and mangrove communities of… Continue Reading