James Johnson

I 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

Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:35 AM in Constellations
Hi Elizabeth! Outer space objects, such as planets (My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas - except there's no more Pizzas - long story but the kids love it...) originate from dust particles that have electrostatic force and gravity causing them to continually grow larger until they find a black hole, of course.  I have done this activity with kids and adults before and they love ...

Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:58 AM in Mini Green House
Hi Pamuela.  My indoor greenhouse is disassembled, now, but it was about six feet tall and about five feet long.  It would take a little floor space but the kids really loved having it in the classroom and it was always full of little plants.  I always liked incorporating Environmental Education in my science class.  The kids loved the hands on activities and the critters.

Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:33 AM in Promethean Board in the Chemistry Classroom
Hi PJ.  I had a Promethean Board in my classroom when I was a teacher and one of the nice things about the board is that you can do anything on the board that you can do on your laptop but much more.  One of the neat things is that the you or the kids can draw on top of a presentation or web site and you can save the work for later and all of the edits will reappear.  When I first started in my c...

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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