James Bright

My background is in theatre but I also like to incorporate the culture of the community and myself into my curriculum. I am also a former construction worker so some of my construction background is integrated into my curriculum as well.


Kapolei Middle School

Recent Posts by James

Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:46 AM in Radiation, Radioactive and Radioactivity
I am currently teaching forms of energy with my students and I used a trebutchet, catapult as an example of a potential and kinetic energy transformation. As I am instructing the students on the parts of the Trebutchet one of my female students remarks, "Why do all the boys know this?" My reply is simply, "Their boys." The female student says, "why aren't there more experiments for girls?" I did f...

Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:22 PM in Tying Physics to the Real World
Forgot to post the website, Hawaii teachers take advantage. http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/

Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:21 PM in Tying Physics to the Real World
This is the second year that I have scheduled the Barnstorming Tour of the Pacific Aviation Museum to present to my class and all of the tracks at Kapolei Middle School. These former pilots and flight instructors integrate physics, Newtons laws of motion, Bernoulli's principle's and Aviation. My goal after seeing the reactions on all of my student's faces is to have them that exciting about scienc...

Recent Reviews by James

Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:26 PM
5 Extensive/Comprehensive
This SciGuide was so comprehensive that I wish I had enrolled in this program last year. The amount of content involved in this standard is daunting but what a relief that this SciGuide is able to cover many of the vocabulary with website resources and labs. This SciGuide will strengthen my content knowledge so that I am more confident in my instruction. I am fortunate that I will not be teaching this standard until fourth quarter. This SciGuide will be extremely useful.

Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:37 PM
4 Comprehensive and Interactive
The Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter SciGuide is an outstanding resource for any teacher looking for online resources for their students to be more self-directed learners. I will definitely be applying the online resources to research projects or games to hone their skills in their down time. The SciGuide also contains various labs to implement in the classroom to involve tactile learners, audio learners and visual learners alike. I had recently heard of the cornstarch lab but neglected to write it out after a discussion with a peer. I believe this lab is a great "buy-in" lesson for students at the beginning of the year. The only concern I have for this SciGuide maybe out of the hands of the creator and probably more directed and the tech staff. There were a few links/hyperlinks that were not working. Otherwise, the Sciguides contained everything an educator would need to improve their classroom; Lesson plans with teacher descriptions, student samples, and web resources.