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Alt. Ed.

posted Aug 19, 2015, 9:05 AM by Robert Zornow   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 9:21 AM ]

I am excited to start my second year as the Alt. Ed instructor at Seven Oak Middle School. Last year was very rewarding and I met some great students and staff. I look forward to the new adventures that this year brings.

Bike Safety

posted Apr 20, 2014, 9:11 PM by Robert Zornow

I started teaching Bike safety to fifth graders in Albany this week. I am teaching students from Liberty Elementary. Today I taught the students how to safely navigate through an intersection and the dance of right of way.  The students also learned how to properly execute a U turn on a city street. It was a soggy spring day, but I think we all had a great time. Tomorrow we will go on a community ride where the students get to practice their newly learned skills.

I am very thankful for the many volunteers that help make this program available to our youth.

Google Cultural Institute

posted Apr 6, 2014, 1:00 PM by Robert Zornow

This week I created a Google gallery page. The Google Cultural Institute is a fantastic site. It allows students to visit several different galleries. My favorite feature about the Google gallery is that it is created with such such a high quality image people can zoom in and virtually see the technique an artist used to paint a picture.

I created my google gallery as a tool to check what students understood about adaptations and environments. You can visit my gallery here.

Community Walk

posted Apr 6, 2014, 12:50 PM by Robert Zornow

It has been a very productive spring break for me. I tried to work ahead in my math class, so that when I start my practicum and my job teaching bike safety I won’t feel too busy. In my math methods class we made a Google map hike. We used a fantastic program where you can add pictures and problems to a Google map. It allows you to take a virtual walk and solve the problems. I can’t post a link to my map because it is private for the class, but you can visit Community Walk where you can create your own map. I would love to make a school yard math hike for my students in the future.


posted Mar 28, 2014, 12:47 PM by Robert Zornow   [ updated Mar 28, 2014, 1:00 PM ]

This week I have started my practicum at Seven Oak Middle School. It is with a fantastic science teacher and a great bunch of kids. I am lucky enough to be able to observe the students working on their Science Olympiad projects. It’s amazing to see the four-wheel vehicles  run and the other amazing things they are building. I also got to watch several of them complete their science work sample. They got to launch their own pressurized bottle rocket. I held the altimeter, or as some like to call it  “the height gun,” and told students approximately how high their rocket went. This NASA site shows you how to go about creating your own bottle rocket lesson.


posted Mar 28, 2014, 12:46 PM by Robert Zornow   [ updated Mar 28, 2014, 12:52 PM ]

I created a new Padlet page this week. It is an exciting way to share projects and assignments. I intend to use this in the class as a platform for asking questions and deeper inquiry on certain topics. I may even ask my students to build one for a class project. I started my Padlet with some helpful information on mitosis. You can visit my page  here.
If you are interested in creating your own Padlet page here is a nice video to show you how.

YouTube Video

Math Methods

posted Mar 28, 2014, 12:46 PM by Robert Zornow

Last week I passed my middle school science teachers test. I spent a long time studying concepts I forgot and even learning some new ones. I was amazed at how many good resources were available to me online. It was like having a million teachers at my fingertips. If I didn't like the way one teacher taught something, or just didn't like their voice, I could look online and find a different resource to explain the concept.

My next challenge is the middle school math teachers exam. I have over a month to prepare for this. I plan on using the same method of going online and finding resources to help me. In my math methods class my math teacher posted a website. We were to go to the website and try to figure out how the site worked. It's a fun and kind of creepy math site. See if you can figure it out. http://www.milaadesign.com/wizardy.html

Follow My Journey

posted Mar 28, 2014, 12:44 PM by Robert Zornow   [ updated Mar 28, 2014, 1:06 PM ]


As I prepare to take my Middle Grades Science Test, I am reviewing a lot of interesting science information.  Visit my Useful Links page to see some of the amazing videos that have helped me to study.  Maybe some of them will help you, too.  You can find the link in the left sidebar. I found Kahn Academy to be a very useful site in helping me to learn how to balance chemical equations. If you go to the search bar in Kahn academy you can just type in the topic that you want to learn about and it may have a link to a video that will help explain the concept. I also found that YouTube was a very helpful resource.  Bill Nye has many videos or segments that are very educational and entertaining.

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