My Body of Water

Right in the middle of our Clean Water Challenge Unit, this Earth Month, this National Poetry Month, I’m honored to share that I’m a poet with the Poetry on Buses program.

The theme this year is My Body of Water.

Patsy Collins Award

I’m honored to be one of the three 2016 Patsy Collins Award recipients.


Read more about this honor, and the other teachers, here.

String theory: Pedagogy in a Piece of String

How long is a piece of string? How can string hook us into an awe-some experience, and engage us in the human experience of learning? How can a piece of string tie us together?


Explore my String Theory here:

Engineering and the Design Process Webinar

Join me as one of the guest speakers for an exciting interactive presentation to support students’ understanding of the engineering design process and implementation of the new NGSS engineering standards. Hear from colleagues about how they have faced the “awesome challenge to update content and shift their practice to address the new standards.”  And, we’ll showcase video and interactive media resources that support the middle and high school Engineering Design core ideas and practices of NGSS and states’ NGSS-related standards.

Featured resources will be the Aerospace Engineering collection of digital resources available on PBS LearningMedia and Teaching Channel modules, specifically the Polymers for the Planet module. All resources are free and readily available.

This is the link for information and registration. info

Department of Education shout out

This week I learned that my work is featured in this week’s bulletin, the Teachers Edition, from the US Department of Education. 

Resources for Educators

Classroom doing Engineering

Video Worth Watching

It’s a Plastic World

Incorporating engineering design principles into your science classroom is not as difficult as it may seem.Watch what happens when engineers and educators collaborate. In partnership with Boeing, classroom teacher Jessica Levine revisits the properties of matter and introduces students to polymeric materials and their properties (TeachingChannel).

Polymers for the Planet–a Boeing Scholars and Teaching Channel Curriculum Project

The curriculum development work I did this year with Boeing Engineers and the Teaching Channel is now live on the web as the first in the series. I’m so honored to have been part of this great partnership. Many thanks to Philip Bell for this opportunity, AACT for inspiration, and my Eckstein colleagues for support.

Classroom teacher Jessica Levine worked alongside Boeing engineers Kay Blohowiak and Jill Seebergh to develop Polymers for the Planet, a module of instruction that not only seamlessly interjects authentic industry practices into the classroom, but also builds student awareness about how they can have an impact on the world around them. The unit revisits the properties of matter and introduces students to polymeric materials and their properties, with hands-on activities that explores types and uses of plastics and reinforced plastic composites, as well as recycling/upcycling of plastics and composites.

Singing for Science

I was recently featured on  Erin Sterling’s Adequate Yearly Progress Podcast.

Erin is the librarian at my school and frequently interviews colleagues about what they like about teaching, what they don’t like, and other words of wisdom. Erin also recorded my singing a parody with my students to teach Science concepts. Erin writes this about her interview with me:

“Todays’ interview features Jessica Levine, a compassionate, musical, energetic science teacher at Eckstein Middle School.  Jessica and I not only have a shared interest in using theater and music in the classroom, but also love John Green novels, sharing books of all types we’re reading with each other, and we both went to small liberal arts colleges. (I went to Carleton College and she went to Oberlin). Listen to Jessica talk about how she transitioned from working in environmental after-school nonprofits to public school, the power of song and rhythm in teaching, and a new way she’s engaging students in their own assessments this year.

Plus, a bonus! In this episode, instead of using the normal intro and outro music,  you get to listen to Jessica singing and playing the ukelele for a science parody of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising that explains the concepts Conduction, Convection, Radiation. A great test for you who haven’t studied science since high school.”

I hope you’ll have a listen.