The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle

This plant…will kill you. 

Attendance Roster and Grading Spreadsheets in Google Sheets

I’ve wasted far too much time trying to format attendance and grading rosters “just right” in Google Sheets (I’m a bit of a perfectionist!), so I thought I’d share links to blank versions of each in case anyone out there wants to use them as a template. You can click on the links below, which […]

Have you ever heard a bullfrog scream?

One of the most memorable experiences I had as a teacher intern last spring was an ecology class field trip to a vernal pool near my home. The kids were fully engaged, and several of the boys were determined to catch as many frogs as they could. One of the frogs that was scooped up […]

I have gained new respect for the power of lightning…

YouTube user Anja Englert recently uploaded a video of a lightning bolt destroying a telephone pole in Chicago – check it out, it’s quite striking 🙂 Need to save this one for Physical Science class.

Beaked whales and purple disco balls: New and unusual species discovered in our oceans.

I never cease to be amazed by the fact that we are still finding new creatures on this planet. In the past week I’ve read two stories on NPR.com about discoveries of animals that appear to be new to science. What’s particularly cool is that these animals couldn’t be more different, and we’re still not […]

Histocats: When Cats Hide in Histological Specimens

I hate to admit that I’m a sucker for funny cat videos/photos. I also happen to love teaching histology, and have been doing so for the past week in Anatomy and Physiology class. I never would have thought that these two interests could be combined, but thanks to the iHeartHisto website, the unlikely merger of […]

Tardigrades Are Awesome, But Their Genome May Not Be As Unsual As Recent Research Suggests

I’ve long been fascinated by Tardigrades. You’ve gotta love an animal that can survive extreme cold, heat, and pressure, desiccation, starvation (as many as 10 years without food!), exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals, and the vacuum of space. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re nicknamed “water bears,” and are cute little critters that lumber […]

What the Cat-Cucumber Video Taught Me About How We Teach Biology in Schools

I had an eye opening experience in biology class the other day. The students were given a current event assignment in which they had to use their Chromebooks to find an article of interest, read it, and then answer a series of questions about the article. The only requirements were that the article had to […]

On My Playlist: She Lit A Fire by Lord Huron

Thought I’d share music that I’m currently liking from time to time here. Hat tip to my sister for introducing me to Lord Huron, great band, and really liking this song:

How To Get An RSS Feed From an Instapaper Folder, And Why You Might Want to Do It

Say you find a blog post that you want to read but don’t have the time right now. Instapaper is a tool that allows you to clip and save the article so that you can read it either on the Instapaper site or Instapaper app at a later date. It works great for this purpose […]