I am going to teach my students about light and different light sources tomorrow. I thought I would show them some different bioluminescence sources videos. Here are the ones I chose:

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bioluminescence, teaching aid

Tomorrow is the last day of school before a two week vacation. I am completely fried. I picked up an "overtime" load for the last month, and exams are coming. So much work!

I really like onlike puzzles. A recent one that I found and really enjoyed was a Toyota IQ challenge. Kind of funny that Toyota created a puzzle, but it has nothing to do with Toyota; the puzzle is actually quite simple and fun. Try to unlock the cube!

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puzzle, links, website

Today in Montreal, schools are closed for the second snow day this month. This is one of those perks I quite enjoy as a teacher. It's unexpected (like a surprise birthday party), and for most adults, it's a great hassel. However, we get an extra day off of work - paid.

I never liked PowePoint presentations, therefore I never use them as a tool in the classroom. The problem is, that I have never seen a GOOD PowerPoint presentation.

However, I think now, after seeing this: "Presenting about presenting" by Scott Elias, I understand how the PowerPoint is a pretty good presentation tool.

If you ever plan to present or teach with PowerPoint, this "Presentation on presenting" is worth a look.

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power point, presentations

I am finally teaching what I love: Physics.

In the last few years, I have been travelling from city to city, from province to province, from school to school. (following my husband's job, taking time off for kids, etc.). So anytime I get a job at a school, I only get the remains, the things "they" couldn't find anybody else to teach. Thankfully, math and science teachers are in great demand, and I never had a hard time finding a job. But the problem remained that I was not teaching my favorite subjects. Finally however, by a stroke of luck, I am now officially teaching physics.

Today, I'm proud to be a science teacher in Canada. Our students ranked thrid in the world for 15 year olds (the exact age group I teach) in Science on an international survey (57 countries and 400 000 students surveyed). That's pretty impressive. Check out the in depth results here.

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science, ranking, international test

For about a year now, I've been reading an awesome blog called Passion for Puzzles. Everyday there is short new entry with news on something "puzzle related" along with a picture. Whether it's a flash puzzle, a new word or math puzzle, an "Escape the Room" puzzle, a new jigsaw puzzle or even puzzle furniture, the author is there to report it in a short concise manner, with an appropriate link.

With the internet being so big, I find it hard to find new interesting puzzles. Therefore, for puzzles, Passion for Puzzles is the place for me!

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Reviews
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puzzle, links, website

I have long been a fan of really elegant proofs. One of the best is Euclid's answer to the question: How many prime numbers are there?

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Stories
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cool proofs

Here is how my grade eight science classes go:

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teaching, time management

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