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Science Teaching Tips is dead. Long live Science Teaching Tips!
March 29, 2009 09:20 PM PDT
The final episode of Science Teaching Tips has been posted. But don't despair! They've been given new life (and a new webhome) over at http://exploratorium.edu/ti/podcasts. Check out the new location, it's all spiffy and snazzy, and listen to all the great episodes of the compiled wisdom of the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute. Enjoy!69. The World's Cheapest Electroscope
March 29, 2009 09:13 PM PDT
Dying to know whether something’s positively or negatively charged? TI staff educator Modesto Tamez explains an easy – and dirt cheap – way to probe the electric charge of the world.
Save Science Teaching Tips!
February 21, 2009 01:38 PM PST
There is only one episode of Science Teaching Tips remaining! There is no more funding to continue producing this podcast. If you're interested in seeing this continue, please let me know (and perhaps I can scrape together some funding). If you have a suggestion of where we might find some dollars to keep producing this, please, do tell! It's been a lot of fun and we have a lot of subscribers, I'd love to keep doing this.68 - Body Metrics
February 21, 2009 01:35 PM PST
Students really struggle with the metric system. TI staff educator Lori Lambertson tells us how she helps students get a handle on what the units really mean.67. Let's Find Out!
February 09, 2009 08:42 PM PST
Teaching isn’t just work, it’s a lot of fun. Staff scientist Thomas Humphrey quickly figured out he didn’t have the answer to every question in the classroom, and that’s the fun of it.66. That's a good question!
January 23, 2009 09:45 AM PST
TI staff biologist Karen Kalumuck describes how she tries not to answer every question that’s asked during a class. Instead, she guides her students to discover ideas for themselves.
January 09, 2009 08:06 PM PST
What is indigo anyway? Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells the story behind ROYGBIV, and how he’d like to change that standard palette.
January 02, 2009 04:03 PM PST
What coin would just barely cover the full moon? You may be surprised. TI director (and recovering astrophysicist) Linda Shore explains how our brains distort the actual size of the moon.63. Teaching abroad
December 19, 2008 03:42 PM PST
A veteran teacher describes her first year of teaching—in Guatamala. She faced many, many challenges, but she stuck it out and has been teaching for 20 years.62. Find that sound!
December 12, 2008 09:14 AM PST
Take a little sound quiz with our host, Stephanie Chasteen, and learn something about how our brains locate sounds.
Find That Sound activity: http://exploratorium.us/listen/activities/dean/localize/lg_dean_localize.php
Stephanie Chasteen’s Web site: www.exo.net/~drsteph61. Follow the bouncing ball!
December 05, 2008 08:55 AM PST
Have you ever really listened to a ball bounce? Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey describes the elegant mathematics of a bouncing ball.60. The Last Straw
December 01, 2008 03:57 PM PST
Despite my better judgment, I invite TI staff educator Eric Muller to do one more set of activities—several things you can do with soda straws.
November 24, 2008 08:56 AM PST
TI teacher coach Zeke Kossover explains how he uses short, focused lab activities to really get concepts across to his students.58. Hey neat! The importance of "provocacion"
November 07, 2008 10:46 AM PST
Do your lessons sometimes fall flat? Staff educator Modesto Tamez explains how to be a good salesperson and get students engaged.57. The drama of the immune system
October 24, 2008 09:31 AM PDT
Exploratorium staff educator Tory Brady performs a bit of theater, demonstrating the roles of the star players in the immune system.56. Seeing the light
October 17, 2008 09:05 AM PDT
Newton wasn’t really ready to believe that light was a wave, and so he didn’t see what was in front of his eyes. Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells how to do the same experiment that Newton did back in the 1650s to see the wave nature of light.
October 10, 2008 04:08 PM PDT
Put kids’ skepticism to work! Children’s book author David Schwartz explains how a class disagreed with the numbers in one of his math books, and set out to prove him wrong!
October 03, 2008 09:35 AM PDT
Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen makes some noise with this activity about Newton’s laws.
September 26, 2008 11:02 AM PDT
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey explains what temperature and color have to do with one another.52. Huh?
September 22, 2008 08:13 AM PDT
When this chemistry teacher entered her portable classroom as a new teacher, she was fresh from West Africa—and there was a lot she didn’t know.51. Nobody's Ever Taught You Anything
September 15, 2008 12:45 PM PDT
Nobody can really teach you anything—rather, you have to learn it for yourself. So how can you help your students understand science? TI staff educator Modesto Tamez shares some thoughts about helping students make ideas their own.50. Whirled music
September 05, 2008 07:53 AM PDT
Geeks have strange hobbies. Staff physicist Paul Doherty plays the corrugated plastic tube, also known as a “whirly,” and explains the surprising science behind the sound.
August 29, 2008 10:29 AM PDT
Exploratorium graphic artist David Barker describes the physics of baseball bats, and makes some sweet music in the process! Exploratorium’s science of baseball: www.exploratorium.edu/baseball48. Ooh you make my motor run
August 22, 2008 09:20 AM PDT
Staff educator Modesto Tamez tells how he gets students exploring electromagnets, a great preparation for making an electric motor. Stripped Down Motor activity: www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/stripped_down_motor.html47. Groovy Sounds (Make your own phonograph)
August 15, 2008 09:17 AM PDT
TI staff educator Eric Muller explains how to make your own record player!
August 03, 2008 09:33 AM PDT
It can be hard to make ideas about size and scale relevant to students’ lives. Children’s book author David Schwartz explains a series of neat real-world comparisons from his book that really get the concepts across.
July 26, 2008 11:19 AM PDT
Which is farthest away from the earth, the stars or Pluto? The answer may be obvious to you, but a lot of people get this wrong. Listen to TI director Linda Shore as she presents a little survey about how things are arranged in the heavens—and explains what the surprising results mean.44. That sounds good!
July 20, 2008 09:58 PM PDT
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey divulges a clever way to measure the speed of sound, and he explains how he’s used that information to measure things in the world.43. The value of support
July 13, 2008 11:02 AM PDT
A veteran teacher tells how much he was helped in his first year of teaching by an unusually supportive department.42. Electrifying Ideas
July 13, 2008 11:01 AM PDT
The ancient Greeks knew about magnets, and they knew about electricity, too. But it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that a connection between the two was discovered. Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells the story of how a professor made the connection . . . which led to modern motors.
June 26, 2008 04:19 PM PDT
TI staff biologist Karen Kalumuck busts some of the myths about taste, and presents a few fun activities for the classroom.
June 20, 2008 08:47 AM PDT
A stack of blocks seems to defy gravity in this activity by Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen.
June 13, 2008 09:42 AM PDT
A veteran teacher describes his first year of teaching, and the myriad things he adjusted to while he learned the profession he loves.Episode 38: Going to the Dogs
June 04, 2008 08:01 AM PDT
What do polarized sunglasses have to do with dog urine? Listen to this curious story from staff physicist Paul Doherty.
May 16, 2008 09:37 AM PDT
Size and scale can be difficult concepts to teach. TI staff educator Lori Lambertson talks us through one of her favorite activities, using one of her favorite dolls—Barbie.
36. Stringing Us Along
April 18, 2008 10:33 AM PDT
TI program participant Mark Hespenheide presents an elegant illustration of free fall using string and paper clips.35. When Words Fail You
April 12, 2008 01:34 PM PDT
How do you give your students the words they need to understand an activity or a topic? TI Staff Educator Modesto Tamez explains his opinion that vocabulary is best given towards the end of a lesson, not at the beginning.34. Sound Bytes (Part 2)
April 06, 2008 09:26 AM PDT
Our host, Stephanie Chasteen, shares some more fun facts and activities having to do with the science of sound.
March 21, 2008 11:45 AM PDT
Kids can be pretty skeptical, which can help them to learn more. Children’s book author David Schwartz shares some of the letters from classes who thought they should double-check the numbers in some of his books.
March 14, 2008 08:42 PM PDT
Staff educator Tory Brady tells you how to make a teaching box—a valuable tool for getting yourself organized to teach a great science unit.
March 07, 2008 08:23 AM PST
TI staff educator Eric Muller shows me how to carbonate my tongue. Blech!
February 29, 2008 10:10 AM PST
TI teacher coach Jennifer Paillet explains how to fit in more labs, and get students thinking creatively by using take-home labs.29. Private theories
February 14, 2008 10:44 AM PST
Students may come into your classroom with preconceived ideas about how things work. TI director Linda Shore explains why she feels it’s important to explore students’ private theories about the world, and some ways she’s found to do that in her own classrooms.
February 08, 2008 09:30 AM PST
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey reveals why size does matter, at least in physics.28. Size Does Matter
February 08, 2008 09:29 AM PST
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey reveals why size does matter, at least in physics.27. Why We Teach
February 01, 2008 09:54 AM PST
Need to remember why you teach? Listen to this incredible story from one of our teacher coaches recalling her first year of teaching.
26. Discovering Pi
January 25, 2008 09:26 AM PST
TI staff educator and math enthusiast Lori Lambertson describes how to find her favorite number.Hands-on Science
January 18, 2008 09:33 AM PST
When staff physicist Paul Doherty began to teach, he started by doing lots of demonstrations. But now, he explains, he has students get their hands on the science, which helps them to understand the calculations.
January 11, 2008 07:50 AM PST
It’s tough for a new teacher to keep up with everything from labs to professional development. TI teacher coach Arlette Manders provides a potpourri of tips on how to make life a little easier.23. For the Love of Math
January 02, 2008 05:05 PM PST
TI staff educator Lori Lambertson explains her philosophy of integrating math and science in the classroom, and how she puts it into practice.22. Ice Scream
December 20, 2007 07:12 PM PST
TI staff educator Eric Muller demonstrates a “cool” thing to do with dry ice, and it even relates to the standards!
December 10, 2007 09:44 AM PST
Children’s book author David Schwartz shares some creative ways kids and teachers have used his books to look at big numbers.
November 30, 2007 10:11 PM PST
Our host, Stephanie Chasteen, shares some fun facts and activities having to do with the science of sound.
November 18, 2007 06:58 PM PST
TI staff biologist Karen Kalumuck tells us how she tries not to answer every question in the classroom -– instead, she guides her students to discover ideas for themselves.
October 14, 2007 11:19 PM PDT
Sometimes kids don’t have much experience with nature. TI teacher coach Kim Marie Hansen tells us how she got her inner city students outside and observing the world, by using nature journals.
October 08, 2007 01:36 PM PDT
Got a tough kid in your class? TI Staff Educator Modesto Tamez tells us a story from his teaching career – a powerful technique that has helped him win over the stubborn, negative students.16. Marshmallow Puff Tube
September 21, 2007 11:19 AM PDT
Newton’s Laws were never so tasty. Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen shows us how to demonstrate ideas about force using a file folder and a marshmallow.
September 16, 2007 06:52 PM PDT
A lucky veteran teacher tells how she got started teaching, with a supportive school and helpful predecessor. This episode is one in a series of several stories of the first time in a difficult profession.14 - Through the Looking Glass
September 05, 2007 09:49 PM PDT
How big does a mirror have to be for you to see yourself in it? Exploratorium senior staff scientist Thomas Humphrey describes an activity you can use in your classroom to investigate simple optics.13 - How many hairs on my head?
August 28, 2007 03:44 PM PDT
Children’s book author David Schwartz (www.davidschwartz.com) tells us how big numbers got him excited about math when he was a kid.12 - To coin a phrase...
August 06, 2007 04:48 PM PDT
TI staff educator Eric Muller hits me up for change, and then shows us a neat science activity using dry ice. Eric’s website is at http://doscience.com/.11 - What’s Your Story?
July 30, 2007 04:13 PM PDT
TI teacher coach Carol Murphy talks about the myriad ways she’s used storytelling in her science classes.10 - First Year of Teaching (Story #1)
July 10, 2007 04:47 PM PDT
Today's story -- a teacher tells of his first year teaching in a tough school district, and a stellar performance in the face of quite extenuating circumstances. This episode is one in a series of several of these funny, sad, touching, and tough stories of the first time in a difficult profession.9 - We Won Best Professional Development Podcast!
July 10, 2007 04:00 PM PDT
Science Teaching Tips just won "Best Professional Development podcast" from the Podcast for Teachers (http://www.podcastforteachers.org.) In this episode, hear their interview with me, where I talk about why I made this podcast and why I think podcasts can be great professional development for teachers.8 - Make a Cuica!
April 04, 2007 06:11 PM PDT
Learn how to build a version of a Brazilian instrument called the Cuica, which demonstrates principles of sound. This podcast was created collaboratively in a teacher workshop at the Exploratorium.7- Classroom Management
March 07, 2007 03:00 PM PST
TI teacher coach Sandra Robbins talks about better classroom management styles.6 - Student Misconceptions
March 07, 2007 02:59 PM PST
TI teacher coach Sandra Robbins touts the merits of a book examining how to address student misconceptions in the science classroom.5 - Exponential Folding
March 07, 2007 02:57 PM PST
TI staff educators Lori Lambertson and Tory Brady explore the math behind the morning paper.4 - Sing a Song of Science
March 07, 2007 02:56 PM PST
TI teacher coach Rilla Chaney says she's no singer, but she's successfully used songs to teach science concepts in her classroom.3 - Stem Cells
March 07, 2007 02:54 PM PST
TI postdoctoral fellow Julie Yu explains what a stem cell is and why they’re important.2 - Name That Book!
March 07, 2007 02:52 PM PST
TI staff educator Don Rathjen describes how making up joke book titles, such as “Marine Biology” by C. Star, is a useful teaching tool—and also one of his personal addictions.1 - Straw Oboe
March 07, 2007 02:48 PM PST
TI staff educator Modesto Tamez explains how to make a simple straw oboe that will bring down the house (and teach good physics!).
Science Teaching Tips is produced by the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute at http://www.exploratorium.edu/ti.
This podcast is a bite-sized podcast for science teachers, by science teachers. In each 5-minute episode, we give you hands-on activities, science facts, science history, pedagogy tips for new teachers, or other ideas for your science classroom.
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I'm a science communicator and educator currently employed at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a Science Teaching Fellow. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Teacher Institute of the Exploratorium. I have been a science journalist off and on for the past 7 years, including a summer spent on the science desk at National Public Radio. That's where I got my love of radio, and this podcast is an extension of that. The Teacher Institute has a great wealth of expertise, and I hope to bring it to some teachers who are not able to come to the Exploratorium programs.
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