Nick Paliswat

I am an integrated science teacher from grades 7th-12th. I have bachelor's degree in Conservation from Kent State University.



Recent Posts by Nick

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:37 PM in Water cycle lessons
I am student teaching 7th graders.  We just finished up learning about the  water cycle.  The students recieved lecture notes and got to work on some partner activities to work through the unit.  One highlight the students liked was building a 3-D water cycle model.  I am hoping to add some new innovative lessons for the future to add some inquiry and possibly 5E lessons to the unit.  If anyone h...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:31 PM in Managing the classroom
I am student teaching 7th graders in an inner city middle school.  Classroom management can often be a difficult area to keep ahead of.  The school itself uses calling a parent as a first line of defense and a points system that students can earn or lose points based upon behavior that can be later used for school activities. There are many students that will talk out and often try to provoke fig...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:19 PM in Atmosphere activities
I recently completed a mini unit on teaching 7th graders about the layers of the atmosphere.  The students had the opportunity to complete a webquest, what an experiment that dealt with gases, and build a foldable as a hands on activity.  There was one inquiry lesson built upon graphing temperatures.  I am hoping to add more inquiry and possible experiments in the future to this mini unit.  If yo...

Recent Reviews by Nick

Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:43 PM
4 Weather Sci Guide
I found this guide to be very helpful in planning to teach a unit on the atmosphere. With covering the troposphere layer, we will certainly cover weather and climate as main ideas. I like that the guide is broken up into three areas, predicting weather, weather and climate basics, and weather, climate and humans. One thing I specifically found resourceful are the many links to websites that all cover a different aspect of weather and climate. Students can get real time data and look at historical data for weather and climate change. They did a wonderful job of breaking down their lesson plans with key timing information, objectives and specifically the standards assessed. I really appreciated that the first lesson plan included a 5E learning model to help students learn about the differences between weather and climate. The other lessons follow the same format breaking up the steps into different days in order to allow the students enough time to fully engage and explore through the activities.

Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:31 PM
5 Electric and Magnetic Force
This Sci Pack is a wonderful elaboration about electric and magnetic force. I specifically appreciate how detailed it was through every topic. I really liked that there was such a wide mix of strategies used to convey the information through playable readings, pictures, and interactives. I think the self check questions were great reviews as well as the multiple choice and selection questions mixed in. This is a fantastic resource for a teacher to use in a middle school setting in order to cover certain standards on these topics. The breaking down of each sections works very well to go step by step through the electric and magnetic concepts.

Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:22 PM
3 Aquaponics Lesson
The article describes a wonderful lesson about incorporating a science and engineering task in the classroom by having students build an aquaponics system. The design of the lesson incorporates many core ideas of NGSS standards. The article includes a great task in engaging students in evidence based argument over different methods of farming. I particularly like the fact that students will each take a roll in the project, that they will keep a daily log of their design, and after the build of the aquaponics system, they are encourage to review their work and think about a redesign. There are a few areas in this activity I think that could be amended. This inquiry based activity is likely slated to take three weeks to complete which may be very difficult to pull off. I think scaling this back to a week or week and a half time frame is more reasonable. The core idea of the lesson is that we are saying alternative farming is more efficient and more effective at conserving resources than tradition farming methods. Outside of the evidence based argument, I think the lesson lacks any student gathered data from using the system to be able to compare it to data from conventional farming methods. They are basing the core idea off of mainly internet research and aren't getting to experience the real time data for themselves.