Monthly Archives:: June 2014

Those Hyperactive Electrons! A Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan:  Quantum-Mechanical Model of The Atom Class: CHM1045C General Chemistry 1, Chapter 7, two class periods Introduction: Light is given off by atoms subjected to various forms of energy, such as heat or electricity.   The atoms of a given element emit only certain frequencies of light, however.  As a consequence, each element emits a distinctive […]

Thinking about thinking, the mind of Jean Piaget

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NAME:  Teresa Greene TITLE:  Thinking about children’s thinking, the mind of Jean Piaget CLASS:  DEP 2004, Developmental Psychology INTRODUCTION:  Although not difficult, sometimes the terms and concepts of Jean Piaget do seem like a foreign language to students.  I wanted some graphics and simple video to help students understand and perhaps enjoy learning about children’s […]

Importance of Humanities

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So many students do not understand the point of taking humanities courses.  They come into college with the expectation of getting a degree and making a lot of money in specialized fields.  These two videos show how a humanities degree can be beneficial in the long run, perhaps more so than a science of mathematics […]

Greek Mythology Infographic

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Students have a hard time at first telling the difference between the Olympian gods, especially if they’ve never heard of them.  This chart will greatly help with the identification.  I plan to have students print out this infograph

The Constitution of the United States

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John De Graca Title: What the Constitution of the United States of America is? Class: Political Science 2041: The United States Government Introduction: As a professor of Political Science teaching the US Government, one of my goals is that my students must possess a deep knowledge of the Constitution from its inception to date. The Constitution was […]

A cool video on Teaching in the 21st Century

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I like this video, it shows the activities that can be done in the classroom to engage students in motivating ways. I like the author’s point of view in terms of students do not need to be entertained, but they need to be engaged. We sometimes forget to differentiate between these two important ways of […]

Laugh your eyes out!

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A kind-hearted blog that might be used for comic relief, Googly Eyed Literature could be used in a lesson in which you want to discuss a work of fiction and introduce the discussion with a chuckle. This blog has so many classics with googly eyes. Click on the book for more titles.  

Strange Names for Strange Places

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This is a 4-minute video featuring Mitchell and Webb – 2 British comedians.  The topic covered in the video is exploration, and how newly discovered lands acquired their names: Virginia, the East Indies, New South Wales,  and Greenland.  It can be used in the classroom as an introduction to exploration and colonization – or as […]

Creative Thinking Spiral

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Businesses already know it’s smart to invest in creativity, so why do we insist on cranking out graduates–and our own children–in a way that asks them to conform to an antiquated (and arguably misplaced) system? Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, Mitchel Resnick, discusses possibility in the piece at this link. 

Let’s Make A Deal!

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Introduction:  My name is Nancy Maurer and I teach American history, 1492-1877 (AMH 2010.)  This is a lesson plan for Mercantilism. Mercantilism is an economic system used by European nations in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The British implemented mercantilism in the American colonies using a series of acts called the Navigation Acts.  While mercantilism […]