Animals in the Classroom: An experiment in hands-on learning

A few years ago, I conducted a research experiment with two of my 7th grade science classes at Heritage Academy, Mesa. This experiment was part of an online graduate level course called Research in Science given through the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  After years of teaching science, I noticed how excited students are when [...]

By | 2018-02-13T21:51:55+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Reader’s Theater. In History Class!

Theater is a fun, interactive way to help students improve their reading fluency and oral speaking skills. It also gives students a chance to work cooperatively in groups and helps build their confidence, especially for reluctant readers. Knowing these benefits, our 8th grade history teacher, Tauni Orton, has incorporated theater into learning history and [...]

By | 2018-02-12T23:03:26+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Getting techie at the Tech Shop!

A field trip to the Tech Shop is a dream come true for many technology-curious students! Last month Mr. Brimhall, from the Heritage Academy Laveen campus, sponsored a field trip to Tech Shop in Chandler.  Tech shop is Arizona's largest Maker Space where people go to make personal projects or personally crafted items for small [...]

By | 2017-10-23T16:53:18+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Getting techie at the Tech Shop!

A Matter of Manners

Since at least kindergarten we have all been taught to be nice, share with others, and not talk when the adults were talking. We were told to not talk with our mouths full, not to be crude, and not to scream when we didn’t get what we wanted. As we got older we learned not [...]

By | 2017-09-20T21:12:37+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on A Matter of Manners
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