Archive for May, 2015

Pay attention, kids. This is how real life works.

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Now that summer vacation is just about here (Wednesday will be students’ last day), I can breathe again and spend some of my deserved free time on reflection. My first year as a biology teacher was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. But I managed to survive.

My first reflection is on the difficult journey I had just to become a teacher. Head over to my personal Going Ape blog to read: Going through hell: how I earned the title of teacher.

This is a story about how my soul was crushed over and over. My dreams were repeatedly stomped on. My hope was destroyed, restored, and destroyed again. It’s a true story.

But don’t worry, it has a happy ending.

Garbage in, garbage out

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I know these videos are about two years old, but I just recently discovered them and I wanted to document/archive them here. They’re about the garbage that can be found in textbooks produced by A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press. Keep in mind that A Beka Book is headquartered in Pensacola, Florida. The videos focus on Pennsylvania, but the same type of voucher and/or corporate tax credit programs are found here in Florida.

This is an eight minute excerpt of the longer video:

(Examples from A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press Curricula from Bruce Wilson on Vimeo.)

 

And here is the full length video:

 

Human Evolution On PBS

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

P B S has a new show on human evolution, First Peoples, coming out on 24 June 2015. I’ve seen the previews and I think it’s going to be good. While you are waiting for the program to air, PBS has some evolution games you can play.