Zac Hansel

I love to teach anything. I started by teaching math, science and computers, but I love learning about new teaching styles and practices. I continually am challenging myself to learn about new subjects, styles of teaching or curriculum.




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Recent Posts by Zac

Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:29 PM in Learning by Gaming
I think that gaming can dramatically impact the leaning environment. In science this really helps students connect life and science. The games don't need to be preexisting either. The effect of adding a game environment to learning, both makes it fun and challenging. I heard of a teacher who created a set of quests to do for learning and each of those gave students the opportunity to earn badg...

Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:31 PM in Waves!
I just finished up a 6th grade lesson on EM and Mechanical waves. For the wrap up day I had them do a nature walk outside the classroom. They worked in groups of 3 to observe what they had learned over the last three weeks. They had to explain what they were seeing, hearing, or sensing in terms of "waves". Some of the groups really got it and talked about the different levels of energy. Other...

Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:05 PM in Technology in your science lessons
I think its great that the students get access to that much technology. Use it as much as you can. Having it all on-line does not matter as much as having students "play" with the products. I am jealous of all the teachers with more than one computer in their class, but I make due. Work with as much tech stuff as possible, so that the students are aware of what is out there and what they shoul...

Recent Reviews by Zac

Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:07 PM
5 Increadible Source of Force
This guide offers more than one way to get into force and motion. There are multiple resources for each of Newtons three laws of motion. There are great hands on activities included with each lesson. There are extra external links, in case you didn't have enough. As an educator you can use just the simplest ideas in this guide, or go really deep and spend hours mucking in the details. This guide is suited for both elementary and upper level education.