Learning Center Profile

About Me: I teach 7th and 8th grade Math,Science, Design and Engineering. I received my National Board Certification in EA Science in 2006. This is my 20th year of teaching.
Affiliation: Pacific Middle School
Location: Renton, Washington
Badges Earned

Onyx Advocator Pearl Advocator Ruby Advocator Emerald Advocator Sapphire Advocator Diamond Advocator Platinum Advocator Onyx Commenter Pearl Commenter Ruby Commenter Emerald Commenter
Sapphire Commenter Diamond Commenter Platinum Commenter Onyx Disseminator Pearl Disseminator Ruby Disseminator Emerald Disseminator Silver Indexer Gold Indexer Platinum Indexer Onyx Aggregator
Pearl Aggregator Ruby Aggregator Emerald Aggregator Sapphire Aggregator Diamond Aggregator Platinum Aggregator NSTA Resource Activator NSTA Resource Optimizer NSTA Resource Accelerator Web Seminar Activator Web Seminar Optimizer
Web Seminar Accelerator

Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2002 12:00 AM
Last Visited:
Total Posts: 1269
Private Message: Send Sandy a Private Message
IM: gadysj
Recent Posts by Sandy
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:12 PM in 3D Printing and Scanning
I have had several of my peers ask if I would please share some of my resources around using 3D equipment in the Science classroom. A relatively new article came out last spring, Science Teacher, April/May 2014, “Science 2.0: Teaching STEM with a 3D Printer,” that poses some really good questions and ideas to consider. I am attaching the article to this post, it’s definitely worth the read. I...

Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:37 PM in Halloween Science
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s always fun to tie Science to it. Many years ago, the whole Science Department decided to do a variety of really awesome hands-on investigations and demonstrations the students could go from room to room over the course of a period and experience Science. There were discrepant events that left students scratching their heads, and those that are just pl...

Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:18 PM in Graphing and Data Collection
There are a couple of really good resources I have used with my middle school students around data collection. One is called “Tech Trek: Graphing Calculators” which introduces students to statistics in the real world where they have to collect, organize and represent data using a graphing calculator as a tool to achieve that goal. A second article is “Rev Your Engines!” which is a really fun h...

Recent Reviews by Sandy

5 Hmmm, I am wondering ...
how else I might use original source materials in my middle school Design and Engineering and Science classrooms. An interesting way to teach Science I had not considered. I appreciate the links to the digitized collection of Alexander Graham Bell’s papers. I am left wondering what else might be found there.

5 I Never Knew ...
you could do that! This was a really nice review of all of the new tools Google offers for use on the classroom. Some I had heard of, some not. Of particular interest was the use of site:search. I can’t wait to show this to my middle school students when they are doing their research essays. I had always used the images section for the images, but did not realize I could follow the prompt to discover similar images through the camera icon.

5 Chemical Cleanout
A great reminder for the beginning of the year, especially for a teacher that is either new or in a newly inherited room. “On the Web” resources are appreciated because they are up to date and applicable. Flinn Scientific is mentioned in the article. I think it is especially important for new teachers to note, their catalogue contains chemical information that is exemplary, http://www.flinnsci.com/ Also available are a variety of free online laboratory safety videos and resources.

Recent Public Collections by Sandy

12 Resources

The Art of Argumentation
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

Editor’s Note: Arguing Versus Scientific Argumentation
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

1 Resources


3 Resources

Tech Trek: Graphing calculators
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Middle School

Rev Your Engines!
Type: Journal Article
Grade: High School