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

Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:45 AM in Teaching Chemistry to a Blind Student
Hi Chris.  Having worked with special needs kids for nine years as a Bio teacher, my advice would simply be to modify your approach to behaviors that elicit comprehension of the subject matter within the capabilities of the student, just like any other student.  It sounds like your student has mastered methods of accomodating to the challenges he has and is doing well.  The cooperation of his fel...

Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:29 AM in Education Major or Neuroscience
Hi Gretchen.  I have two children who are both teachers.  One always wanted to be a teacher from the beginning and one wanted to be a veteranarian.  One took her Bachelor's Degree in Education and then followed up with a Master's in Education.  She is now a full time teacher in Florida.  The other took Animal Bioscience with the idea that it would help to get into Veteranarian School.  This was i...

Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:59 AM in What's the best thing to do after finishing my undergrad?
Hi Beatriz! I did have to make a similar decision. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English. While I was taking my undergraduate program, I worked summers for a federal agency. After graduation, I took my Master's Degree part time in the evenings and weekends while working for the same agency. I completed my Master's Degree in Education and got my certifications. Since I had a Master'...

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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