Erik Belcher

I am a special education mathematics teacher at Hilo High School. I have been teaching for 8 years. This is a second career. Prior to teaching I was a bank manager. On my free time I enjoy surfing, biking, kayaking, and hiking




Hilo High School

Recent Posts by Erik

Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:59 AM in Mars Curiosity Rover
The Curiosity Mars rover has determined that Mars soil is very similar to that found on the Hawaii Island. This is very exciting news for me as I teach at Hilo High School which is on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Students can now examine volcanic soil samples found here in Hawaii and use their understanding to build connections to the science that NASA is doing on Mars. For more information NASA ha...

Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:22 AM in The Orionids meteor shower peak Oct 20th
Meteor showers are exciting to watch. NASA has good web page on the Orionids meteor shower with a video link that would be cool to show students to get them interested in watching this weekend. Best viewing time is before dawn on Sunday 10/21. NASA Science

Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:01 AM in Endeavor's Last Journey
Growing up during the 60's with all the excitement of the moon landings I never imagined that in 2012 we would not have gone to Mars or back to the Moon by now. Many of us got our interest in math and science education because of the dream of exploring space. I am hopeful that I will live long enough to see a human walk on Mars, and future generations get excited about learning math and science. ...

Recent Reviews by Erik

Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:59 AM
4 SciGuide Review – Tides and Currents
The key points of Tides and Currents that made an impression on me were the clarity of the explanations of the physics behind tides and currents, the wealth or resources that are made available for learning or teaching, and the real-world applications of the science. What causes tides and why they vary from place to place was explained in a way that was clear and easy to understand. Links to other resources were made available for additional information. The resources provided through links of other web sites are amazing. However, if time is limited you can get a very good understanding of tides and currents without exploring all the resources and only reading the main pages. All the topics had an applications link that provided information on real-world us of the knowledge. I see many uses in my teaching practice. As a high school mathematics teacher of special education I can use topics from the physics of tides and currents to develop lesson plans to apply the math standards the students are learning in my classes. Additionally, I can use the information to teach students about ocean safety issues involving tides and currents. To improve the SciGuide – Tides and Currents I would like to see lesson plans that are written for a wider range of ages. All the lesson plans were written for high school students. It would improve the site to have some lesson plans available to elementary and middle school students. Another suggestion I have is that the links to other resources be prioritized. Although I liked have all the resources available, it would save time to have a system that let you know what resources where more important than others.