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How big does a mirror have to be for you to see yourself in it? Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey describes an activity you can use in your classroom to investigate simple optics.

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Date: May 20, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
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00:07:33
Children’s book author David Schwartz tells how big numbers got him excited about math when he was a kid.

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Date: May 13, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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00:05:59
TI staff educator Eric Muller hits me up for change, and then demonstrates a neat science activity using dry ice.

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Date: May 6, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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A story can help make a subject come alive for your students. TI teacher coach Carol Murphy talks about the myriad ways she’s used storytelling in her science classes.

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Date: April 29, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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00:07:13
A veteran teacher describes his first year teaching in a tough school district. This episode is one of several “first-year” stories from people in a difficult profession.

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Date: April 22, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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00:13:10
Hear an interview with our host, Stephanie Chasteen, about why podcasts can be great professional development tools for teachers. The interview is excerpted from an episode of the Podcast for Teachers, which gave us the award for Best Professional Development Podcast.

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Date: April 15, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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00:05:27
Learn how to build a version of a Brazilian instrument called the cuica, which demonstrates principles of sound. This podcast was created collaboratively in a teacher workshop at the Exploratorium.

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Date: April 8, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science
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00:04:57
TI teacher coach Sandra Robbins talks about better classroom management styles.

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Date: April 1, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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00:04:35
TI staff educator Sandra Robbins touts the merits of a book that examines how to address student misconceptions in the science classroom. The book is Targeting Students’ Science Misconceptions: Physical Science Concepts Using the Conceptual Change Model by Joseph Stepans, published by the Idea Factory in 2003.

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Date: March 25, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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TI staff educator Modesto Tamez explains how to make a simple straw oboe that will bring down the house (and teach good physics!)

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Date: March 18, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics