James Johnson

I was the principal and administrator of a private Christian academy this past year. I also taught Grade 7 Science and Regents Earth Science at a public school, was the Grade 6-12 Science teacher at a private Alternative Education School, and was a Technology Education teacher at a public Middle School. I retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2004, so teaching is my second career. I still do informal education for NASA and NOAA and was fortunate to fly on the NASA SOFIA aircraft twice. I have two children who are both teachers - one in Chicago and one in Tampa and two grandchildren.




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Recent Posts by James

Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:46 AM in Using Biographies and Science to teach Space Travel
Hi Kaylin!  Here's a start https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/overview/index.html and  https://www.nasa.gov/stem/about.html Depending on where you teach, you will find many NASA connected educators or astronauts, or astronauts in training, who would be thrilled to talk to your class.   Don't give up and best of luck!

Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:54 AM in teaching the flow of energy within a food web.
Hi Jasmine!  One of the things we did in my classroom was to create a stream cross section from a small stream next to the school.  We had a 50 gallon tank with a chiller and initially collected rocks and stream bed material for the bottom and filled the tank with the stream water.  The kids would collect macroorganisms, crayfish and small fish and put them in the tank.  We also did leafpack acti...

Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:05 PM in Professional Development Help for New Instructors?
You are welcome, Lissa.  Just to clarify, MBARI and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park pay for travel expenses.  There's no cost other than personal expenses.  Again, best of luck!

Recent Reviews by James

Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:02 AM
5 Electric and Magnetic Forces
Always love these step-by-step and interactive exercises reinforcing the academic standards!

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:56 PM
5 Reintroduction of Wolves
We did this simulation, today, and the kids were really interested in aligning the predators and prey to get the right mix. They were really interested in the interactive. Of all the activities, my special needs students like the interactives the best!

Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:29 PM
4 Interdependence of Life SciPack
The ecological succession interactive was fun. I will try this with my class next week and see how it goes.

Recent Public Collections by James


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Photos from MBARI EARTH 2018

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Space Exploration Educators Conference

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I attended the SEEC in 2016 and took pictures.

KQED - Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory: Science on the SPOT
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NASA Rockets to Racecars
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