4 Tips for Getting More Involved With Science

Do you love the sight of the night sky? Or maybe you prefer looking into a microscope and seeing things that no one else does. A love of science can take many different forms, but they should all be celebrated! Here are just a few tips for getting even more involved with your favorite subjects.

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1. Join Local Groups

Especially if you live in a big city, there are all kinds of clubs, groups, gatherings and special interest networks that will cater to people like you. It’s just a matter of finding them. Your best bet is performing an online search, but you can also ask around community centers and science labs.

2. Get on Social Media

Social media isn’t just for updates about your morning latte. Sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have vibrant communities of science lovers who enjoy sharing everything from gorgeous pictures to cutting-edge industry news. Even NASA tweets! There’s no excuse for you not to join the fun.

3. Find a Niche

While there’s nothing wrong with pursuing your interests wherever they take you, you can develop a more meaningful base of knowledge if you try to stick with one or two hobbies at a time. For example, instead of dabbling in chemistry, biology and archaeology all at once, try to limit the bulk of your attention to chemistry. It’s always better to be an expert in one thing rather than a master of none.

4. Have Fun

This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get so caught up in the highs and lows of the STEM industry that you forget to have fun. Don’t let yourself get stressed out! Remember the joy and love of discovery that got you into science in the first place, and hold onto that even when you’re having … Read More

A Brief History of Special Education

Perhaps the largest and most pervasive issue in special education, as well as my own journey in education, is special education’s relationship to general education. History has shown that this has never been an easy clear cut relationship between the two. There has been a lot of giving and taking or maybe I should say pulling and pushing when it comes to educational policy, and the educational practices and services of education and special education by the human educators who deliver those services on both sides of the isle, like me.

Over the last 20+ years I have been on both sides of education. I have seen and felt what it was like to be a regular main stream educator dealing with special education policy, special education students and their specialized teachers. I have also been on the special education side trying to get regular education teachers to work more effectively with my special education students through modifying their instruction and materials and having a little more patience and empathy.

Furthermore, I have been a mainstream regular education teacher who taught regular education inclusion classes trying to figure out how to best work with some new special education teacher in my class and his or her special education students as well. And, in contrast, I have been a special education inclusion teacher intruding on the territory of some regular education teachers with my special education students and the modifications I thought these teachers should implement. I can tell you first-hand that none of this give and take between special education and regular education has been easy. Nor do I see this pushing and pulling becoming easy anytime soon.

So, what is special education? And what makes it so special and yet so complex and controversial sometimes? Well, special education, as … Read More