Science is Everywhere
The north wall of our classroom features two Zortrax M200 3D printers and related supplies for our 3D makerspace. It also houses our reptile terrarium, pet-wall, and mealworm colony.
About Franklin School
Franklin School is a K-8 Core Knowledge public school with a diverse student population and no zoning restrictions. Students apply and are admitted via a random lottery system. Many students study with the same group of peers from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I personally teach every 7th and 8th grade student every day, and I teach many of the 8th graders three times a day. Our small-school structure allows us to build deep relationships with students and their families, leading to a schoolwide culture of collaboration and high academic achievement. Students trust each other so much that they don't even have locks on their lockers!
Pets in the Classroom
An Australian desert reptile lives inside our classroom here in the cold, rainy Pacific Northwest. Groot the Bearded Dragon teaches students about herpetology, genetic diversity, and the effects of IR & UV radiation on cold-blooded animals.
Emphasis on Local Phenomena
This recent local atmospheric event demonstrated the effect of refraction on the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (used as an Anchoring Event for our unit study on Light Waves).