March 02, 2011

The one in which I should be preparing for my class tomorrow, but I'm not.

So.  I have a science class about gravity to teach tomorrow at our homeschool co-op, but am I pouring over my notes diligently in preparation?  Nope.  Furthermore, do I actually HAVE notes about class tomorrow?  Nyet.  Does pondering this fact give me pause?  Naw.  It'll be great.  It always is.  Kids like my sense of humor, see, so if I forget say, the equation that represents the Law of Gravitation, I can just make a joke and no one's the wiser. 

Unless my fellow co-op moms are reading this right now, in which case they might stage a Homeschool Co-op Mom Intervention.  Which wouldn't be pretty.  I can see it now.

But seriously, what the hell is the Law of Gravitation and does it really need to be expressed as an equation?  Shouldn't the point for elementary and middle school kids be to make science topics LESS abstract?  Why, back in the olden days when I was in school, science was science and math was math.  School subjects stuck to their own kind.

Wait, I just looked it up remembered!  The Law of Gravitation represented as an equation looks like this:

F = G X  m1 x m2

For you see, the Law says that the gravitational force between objects is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.  So naturally, it stands to reason that F = G X WTH3 X HUH?

Gravity is some powerful stuff.  In fact, I am feeling the gravitational pull of chocolate right--this-----minute!  Can't....hold....ON!

Ah, experiential learning.


  1. Yeah...I had the same thoughts tonight. Except for the fact that I needed to send lesson plans to moms and high schoolers who are actually *teaching* my Latin classes tomorrow -- which I was supposed to send over the weekend, which I spent in the ER with Ty. Soo...yeah. Fortunately, no math...just lots of vocab and grammar lol. Must.have.chocolate~


  2. I hope Ty is feeling better! I saw some eager students sitting in your classroom before class time this morning!

  3. I often have the same problem, especially when I'm already struggling with just getting out of bed in the mornings. And for the other of my classes, most of the kids have no interest whatsoever. Ugh. I'm SO glad I don't teach 5 days a week!!