Butterfly Life Cycle

This was a fun, four-part activity. First the eggs on a leaf (stickers on foam leaf; then making a foam caterpillar of different colors; then twisting a pipe cleaner to make the pupa/cocoon and taping it to a foam twig; then using highlighters to color in in the butterfly. It took exactly 45 minutes, so yeah.

Baby Butterfly!

I bought painted lady caterpillars, to somehow incorporate them into the April=Animals curriculum. They came.

At first they were littles.

Then they ate

and ate

and got big

and bigger,

then cocooned.

I clipped the cocoons to the big mesh butterfly habitat.

Then we waited.

Sometime today, the first butterfly emerged. I feel like a proud papa!

Face Masks for the Fancy

Honeywell-brand face masks, er, Procedure Masks with Earloops, will not only prevent exposure to covid germs, but will also bring your vocabulary up a notch.

Instead of putting on and taking off the face mask, I mean, procedure mask, you don it and doff it. Classy words, if you ask me.

New unit of measurement

I just had a brilliant idea for a new unit of measurement: the “covid.” And how big is the covid? You guessed it, six feet long.

“Hey Bob, I just hit a jump shot from two covids away.”

“That is great Mary. Did I tell you my new livingroom is four covids in length?”

Ad nauseum.

1 covid = 6 feet

But What Do You REALLY Think?

Perhaps she had a bad night’s sleep? Perhaps the coffee spilled this morning all over the keyboard? Maybe the deep baritone of my voice just brought out the honesty for once?

For whatever reason, here are two participants’ opinions about my workshop Nearpod vs Peardeck Round 2: This Time It’s Personal.

Caution: Mean words and bad language ahead.


Pilots over lunch

I took a social distance lunch break to my corner, to watch the fancy pilots do their stuff.



It finally happened! A PD I was giving this morning — Digital Art, Digital Music for D75 Teachers and Students — was rudely interrupted by a private caller who yelled curses, profanities, expletives, and [additional synonym for cursing here].

Trying to mute and/or eject the “Google Meet-bomber” was like playing the wack-a mole- game…each eject brought him/her back in again.

Finally, a participant in the workshop, who works for DIIT said to shut it down, which we did. It was going so well though…

Workshop is rescheduled for later on in the week!

Ghost Town

It is almost a ghost town here in the district office. Of the original STEM team, I am the only technology coach here today (out of three), and there is only one math coach (out of four), and two science coaches (out of two). So science wins.

Boss is also out.


You Can’t Spell “Virtual” without “Vir(us)”


I saw an online seminar entitled “NYCDOE: Rapid Transition to Online Learning,” which may offer sound guidance during this interesting time of school closure. Best part is that the webinar was developed by “21 Blended Learning Master Practitioners.” I can just picture them now…..

Let’s count: one, two, three, ..twenty two. (Very close for a random Google image I think.)

July 2021