Author Archives: Paul Cottle

Can technology be a force for good in the science classroom? Yes – but only if you have a strong teacher.

Can technology improve student learning in science? Technology can raise the ceiling on science achievement and open new career vistas for every student. But students can only take advantage of those new opportunities if they can have intense interactions with … Continue reading

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Science at Florida Virtual School: Unionized or not, it seems like an odd idea.

When I pulled up Jeff Solochek’s Gradebook post on the drive to unionize teachers at Florida Virtual School, I got stuck on the first clause:  After teaching middle school science at Florida Virtual School for nine years… I wondered:  What does an … Continue reading

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What would a respectful discussion about the future of the teaching profession look like?

The teachers I know well are working their butts off.  And so are many of their colleagues. If we are going to have the conversation we need to have about the future of the teaching profession, we all need to … Continue reading

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Florida’s shortage of new high school math teachers: Update 11/13/17

There has not been any progress on addressing the declining supply of new high school math teachers since my last update two weeks ago. In fact, as far as I can tell I am the only individual in the State … Continue reading

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Joy and togetherness: Orlando Science School middle schoolers journey to FSU to be inducted into Future Physicists of Florida

Retired FSU Vice President for Research Kirby Kemper joined me in hosting a Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony for 48 middle school students from Orlando Science School last Friday.  The ceremony was held in the FSU Physics Department’s lecture … Continue reading

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Collective responsibility and leadership: FSU’s fraternities/sororities vs. Florida’s tax credit scholarship program

President John Thrasher’s decisive and courageous decision to suspend all of FSU’s fraternities and sororities invoked the idea of collective responsibility – that all who benefit from being in a group should take on the burden of addressing the failings … Continue reading

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In trying to make progress in STEM career prep in Florida, parents are more important than policy

I used to think that the most important thing to do to improve the preparation of Florida’s students for college majors in rigorous STEM fields was to change state education policies – to require physics and precalculus for Bright Futures … Continue reading

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