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

Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:32 AM in Science in the future for students
Hi Maria.  This is a daunting challenge that all educators face each and every day.  From my experience, you need to make the lesson fun and interesting for the students to get them engaged.  Once you get them engaged, I think the essence of the lesson has to be reiterated in different ways at least three times to move from temporary memory to permanent memory.  Then, if you can extend the learni...

Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:11 AM in Solar system
Hi Lashay!  You might look here:   https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/  or  https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/our-solar-system/overview/   Hope this helps a little!

Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:13 AM in Chem Labs on a Budget
Hi Kristina!  I'm reposting because my profile didn't appear correctly.  Sorry! A great and cheap activity I've done in the past was to use pH paper and water testing kits to have the students test water.  They can start with tap water and then move to rainwater or water from a local stream.  This can lead to discussions about water treatment and what causes treated water and natural source wa...

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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