04 November 2013

My father and #motivationmonday

I thought that I would try something a little different, and hopefully spark a debate.



So the big question is -- do you agree?

I know that I agree with this statement, and have for a very long time, mainly because of my father.  My father was not your traditional student -- he was very smart, but didn't do well in school.  He went to some college, and then joined the Air Force working on the electronic systems on fighter jets.  After that he started working in the beverage industry.

Now a lot of people would look at his history and simply write him off, and in some ways I did too.  For the most part when I had questions about school work, I would go to my mom for help.  But then I started to get into subjects that my mother couldn't help me with, especially physics, and to my amazement, my father stepped in and was phenomenal.  He knew the formulas I needed to work with off the top of his head and could explain things to me in a way that made sense.  And when it came time to work with circuits, he was a whiz.

Looking back I should have realized that he was going to be a big help because that was his thing, even if he didn't do that for years.  He was responsible for the electronics on the airplane that ran the bombing equipment, so of course he needed to know simple Physics 1 circuitry, heck, he could have probably been really helpful to the AP classes.

I guess my point is this, don't write anybody off because they might surprise you.

01 November 2013

I'm Back! (and better than ever)

I was missing in action for about a year, but now I am back, and hopefully better than ever.   I have a new address (msgoldsteinsci.com) and what I am hoping will be a new plan of attack.


 

I was going to try to write an amazingly profound "I'm back post" but then I realized that I have no idea what that would actually entail.  So instead I am going just get in there and let you know a little about myself.

I am a huge nerd, as can be seen from the quote above, and always have been.   I can even prove it with photographic evidence (courtesy of yesterday's Halloween edition of #tbt on Facebook and Twitter).


That's me in third grade, dressed as one of my favorite sci fi characters, Norby the Mixed-Up Robot from the children's series by Isaac and Janet Asimov.  Let's just say, not everyone knew who I was that year, but I was super happy.  (Also, that hat did not stay on my head easily, so I spent a lot of time chasing it down, making me even more popular.)

I turned my nerdiness/geekiness into a love of school and learning (which might explain why I later became a teacher, at least that's the story I'm going to go with) and eventually focused in on science, even taking extra science classes for my electives in high school.

Some of my students have asked me why I love science so much.  That to me, is a question that has an easy answer - it explains things.  In addition to being the nerdy kid, I was also the kid that was always asking questions (I'm really starting to see that whole teacher's pet thing that I had going on).  I always wanted to know more, especially the why and how of things, and science answers that.

Anyway, my plan is to have a one stop place to keep up to date with new science information, activities, and explanations of the science behind, and even some possible debunking of Pinterest projects.  Pretty much a place for science fun, not just boring classroom stuff (because that's not me at all).