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On a related note, check out the June 2009 issue of National Geographic: "The End of Plenty". It's an eye-opening special report by the NGS on the global food crisis.
September 18, 2009
I'll be joining late, as I pickup my son from the school bus at 3:05.
September 14, 2009
September 10, 2009
September 10, 2009
OK. I'll give this a whirl. The book sounds pretty compelling.
September 9, 2009
Our fall book will be Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.
September 9, 2009
Caroline Hall is attending Kim Lightle's event
MSP2 Wiki World at Tapped In Middle School Portal Room
June 8, 2009 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Join us on Monday, June 8 at 3:30pm EST at TappedIn as we delve into the MSP2 science and math wiki pages - Math Publications and Science Publications. Not only will you be introduced to some of the best online resources for middle school math and s…
June 3, 2009
As a former middle school teacher, my time was precious. I wanted a teacher-dedicated web site to do the following things for me: 1) Provide consistently high-quality materials that I could easily, quickly browse or search, 2) A variety of resource…
April 18, 2009
Caroline Hall is now a member of Middle School Portal
March 16, 2009

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Which best describes your position?
Agency/Association Professional, Librarian/Media Specialist
I can help with
Content knowledge, Instructional strategies, Integrating technology, Student misconceptions

Hello from the transplanted Oklahoman,

I am contributing editor of The Physics Front, part of the NSDL's Physics Pathway. The Front is a growing collection of resources for pre-college teachers of physical science and physics, with more than 1,000 items ranging from lessons and labs to computer simulations and student tutorials. We focus special attention to the needs of the new and crossover teacher. I'm a former middle school teacher, and frequently long to be back in the classroom. My husband and I recently moved back to the Dayton, Ohio, area to be near his family. We have two kids: Jeffrey, a college student, and Dougie, a kindergartner. I know.....bit of a spread there, isn't it?! Our youngest has autism, so I'm always on the lookout for educational materials that are appropriate for children with disabilities. Looking forward to all the collaborative opportunities on the MS Portal!

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At 8:39pm on September 24, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…
Yeah, there a lot of late people that "pop" in for these things. I've done 2 and the first one had 30 some sign up and then I actually had 50 some in attendance. I think since school has started that people are a little more busy and are unavailable to make a commitment. Yesterday, I had a presentation where 1 person signed up and I had 12 in attendance.

I'll post again on Sunday to try to work out a time. Have a good weekend.
At 8:17pm on September 22, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…
Hi Caroline,

I would be happy to assist you in anyway possible, but I have a STEM meeting at the MCESC that evening until 6:30. Sorry. That being said, let me know if I can still do anything to help.

Take Care,
At 8:35pm on September 17, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…

Sorry that it took me so long this time, but.....well, you know how it is ;)

Do you teach a unit on light, and if so, at which grade level?

I currently teach Technology and STEM, but in the 10 years prior I taught 8th grade general science. While my physics unit generally focused on newtons laws, I always did a review prior to the OAT over many of different forms of waves. I probably only spent 2 days on light itself, due to the fact that it wasn't in my standards, but the kids were responsible for it on the test.

What have you found to be typical misconceptions held by your students about the nature of light?

I must have been fortunate to have a good teacher beneath me, because almost of my students seem to understand basic idea that light travels in waves. The main things that I had to work on were refraction and reflection. Also, how eyes process light took some time to explain.

Did you feel adequately prepared in your degree program to teach this topic (I ask because I was not prepared......my two physics courses focused on force, motion, and electricity). I really had to beef up my own content knowledge.
I did, but I was fortunate enough to go through Wright State in the mid/late 90's after they made the shift to dual appointments. So I actually had a class on how to teach physics to elementary students. Light was one of focal points (weak pun intended).

If high school teachers include a unit on light/optics, they often cover only geometric optics, which doesn't account for phenomena like diffraction & polarization. The physics education research is indicating that even gifted kids are coming to college without a mental model of light as a wave. Consequently, it's really hard for them to transition into modern physics. Tom, do you think we should be introducing kids to these concepts as early as middle school to lay foundations?

Most definitely. I'm a firm believer in the stair step approach. All too often students go from one unrelated topic to another in a typical general science class. Additionally, the standards leave huge gaps where our students may have a certain topic in 5th grade and then not see it again until 8th. By that time, the inital momentum is often times gone or at least retarded and teachers have to start over building from the ground up.

Hope this helps,

At 3:54pm on September 13, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…
I LOVE your Light, Vision, and Color section of the site! A couple of things that jumped out......

I like how you have descriptors for each of they days. They are easy to read and understand. I would consider adding a definition for Spectroscope. You and I know exactly what a spectroscope is but others without a rich science background may just pass up the link and miss out.

I also like the format of your resources. Things like Categories, Levels, etc are quick and easy. The rating stars should allow you to see what teachers are using and find valuable.

I wish that I had more criticisms or could offer more suggestions, but it does look really good. In fact, I planning on chacking out more of the site when I get caught up!

If you have any questions over anything specific, just send me a message.

Take Care,
At 10:14pm on September 9, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…
Hi Caroline. Just read your message....I'll plan on calling you around noon tomorrow. Hopefully, i'll catch you. After school I'll be heading to the MCESC for A couple of STEM meetings until 8, so I won't be able to try again until Friday.

Talk to you Soon.

At 9:42am on August 27, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hope you had a good visit! Talk to you in the morning - Kim
At 10:04am on August 24, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Caroline - I will give you a call at 9am on Friday morning - 8/28. Hope you have a good trip. Kim
At 10:55am on August 20, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Caroline - Sounds great. I'll give you a call next week - what day/time works best for you? Kim
At 4:09pm on August 19, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Caroline - I can't remember if I actually sent you a couple of dates or not - September is pretty full up so how about October 6 at 4pm EST? Kim
At 1:50pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Caroline - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon. I was also hoping that you would do a webinar sometime this fall on the middle school resources from Physics Front? Interested?

We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.

You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff! Any ideas on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Kim

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